2 Chiefland men accused of stealing hunting gear

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 11:42 p.m.

A deer hunter who drove up on two Chiefland men apparently stealing his hunting equipment told Levy County deputies he fired a shot from his high-powered rifle into the ground to convince the men to remain on the property until deputies arrived.

The incident happened Monday at the victim's property in the 15500 block of Northwest 46th Lane outside Chiefland. The victim told deputies that he found the men on his property when he drove in.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the victim's deer stand had been loaded into a pickup and the victim's deer feeder was being carried from the shed where it had been stored toward the same pickup.

The victim said he fired his rifle into the ground and told the men to stop, which they did.

Sheriff's Capt. Scott Anderson arrested the two men.

Michael Eugene Whidden II, 28, of 7191 NW 105th St., was charged with burglary and theft.

Wesley Warren McCook, 52, of 3550 NW 120th St., was charged with burglary, theft, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whidden and McCook were booked into the Levy County Jail in Bronson.

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