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The Bizarre World of Florida

Man said he “didn’t find it necessary’ to stop for officers July 28, 2014

Filed under: Disrespectful,Dumb,Fraud,OK Then .....,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:33 pm

A Bradenton man has been charged with fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer and driving without a valid driver’s license, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

sfl-flduh-necessary-stop-officers-20140725-001Felix Medina, 54, was arrested at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday at 2500 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, according to the report.

Officers reportedly spotted Medina run a stop sign and activated their emergency lights but Medina still did not stop.

Medina continued driving before coming to a complete stop on 17th Avenue West, police reported.

When a sergeant asked Medina why he hadn’t stopped, the suspect reportedly said: “I didn’t find it necessary.”

Medina was being held without bond, according to the sheriff’s website.

 

Man frothing mad over the price of beer

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Fraud,Guns,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

Police arrested a Boynton Beach man Thursday night after they said he became upset at the price of two Samuel Adams beers, shoved a clerk, and then returned with a handgun he used to rob the cash register.

sfl-flduh-frothing-mad-beer-20140727-001According to the arrest affidavit, Herbert Lindsey and another man went to the Kwik Stop on Gateway Boulevard to purchase beer.

When told the price was $3.75, police said Lindsey argued that it should only be $3, and shoved a clerk into a beer cooler.

Clerks told police Lindsey left and returned shortly with a handgun at his side, reached into the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Police viewed surveillance video of the robbery, and tracked down Lindsey nearby at a gas station, based on a description of his vehicle. While being questioned, they said Lindsey said he never meant to use the gun, and just wanted his two dollars back.

He remains in the Palm Beach County jail with no bond.

 

Man pinched for stuffing stolen sushi in his pants, cops say July 25, 2014

Filed under: Dumb,Fraud,Funny,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A 25-year-old man is accused of attempting to shoplift a sushi sampler package by hiding it in the front of his pants.

sfl-flduh-stolen-sushi-pants-20140724-001Fort Walton Beach officers were called to Publix Shopping Center on July 19 for a retail theft, according to an arrest report. A manager told officers she saw Anthony Arnold Poucher select a chef sampler package of sushi.

She said he then “concealed it in the front of his pants,” the report said. She said he passed all the registers and walked out the door without attempting to pay.

Poucher said he took the sushi because he was homeless and had no money for food, according to the report. The sushi was valued at $11.99.

Poucher is charged with retail theft.

 

Man reported fake murder to avoid speeding ticket, deputies say

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Fraud,OK Then .....,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

A man is accused of calling 911 to say that a murder was about to take place, but West Melbourne authorities said the caller was just trying to get out of a traffic stop.

sfl-flduh-fake-murder-911-ticket-20140724-001Police said that Julius Lupowitz called 911 to report a murder in hopes that the officer who stopped him would respond to the priority call on Wingate Boulevard rather than write him a citation.

Lupowitz is heard in the call saying there was a man with a gun and that someone was going to get shot and then the call is disconnected.

“I see there’s a murder that’s going to happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate. No, Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood, Wingate and Hollywood,” the man said in the call to 911. “I swear there’s going to be a murder any second. I swear there’s a man with a gun.  Please, I just called, it’s Wingate and Hollywood.”

The 911 operator received a second call from the same man, telling the same story. As the operator probed the caller for more information, he again disconnected the line.

A quick-thinking Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher did a search for prior incidents associated with the telephone number the 911 calls came from to find the phone belonged to Lupowitz. West Melbourne Police Officer Ted Salem was on the traffic stop when the 911 calls were received.

As he attempted to quickly end the stop to respond to the priority call, he overheard the dispatcher relay over the air that Lupowitz was the telephone owner.

“When she broadcast that information, our officer was standing at the door of Mr. Lupowitz’ vehicle and realized it was the same person making the 911 calls,” said Richard Cordeau, with the West Melbourne Police Department.

Police said Lupowitz would have only received a $209 speeding fine, but now, he faces a third-degree felony charge for misuse of the 911 system and he still received the citation. Police said that charge could land him in jail for up to five years if convicted.

Lupowitz was arrested later at his home without incident, police said.

“This incident needlessly tied up a critical component of public safety. The 911 system is intended for people who truly need help. In addition, these false calls created an unnecessary delay in our officers’ ability to respond to true emergencies,” said Lt. Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department.

 

Man returns home from a two-day vacation to find a family living there because they fell for a real-estate scam July 24, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Controversy,Fraud,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:49 pm

A South Florida renter came home to find people living inside his house but the family illegally squatting inside said they are not leaving.

The owner of the property on SW 5th street and 49th Avenue said his friend William Ruiz has been renting the house for the past two years and recently started to move out while the house was listed for short sale.

Ruiz went on vacation for two days and said when he came back, he found the locks on the house changed and strangers living inside using his belongings.

“They’re using his bed, his dining room table…all his ornaments,” said homeowner Luis Camayd over the phone.

The man who moved in with his pregnant wife and toddler didn’t want to be identified but said he was scammed by a phony realtor.

He said a lease agreement proves he paid $3,600 to live at the home.

The man, he said, he gave the cash to is no longer returning phone calls.

“I’m really stunned because the house was set to be sold already. I can’t sell the house until we get them out of there,” said Camayd.

 

Brief encounters: Men in undies strip in eatery, steal meat

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Funny,Nudity,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

1Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a group of men who broke into a local beachside restaurant in their underwear and took off with the makings for an early morning cookout. According to detectives, the men, all wearing nothing but their underwear, broke into Doc’s Beach House, located at 27908 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs, around 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 20. After roaming around the kitchen area, deputies say the men selected a case of 2amburgers and red bell peppers. However before leaving, the suspects were caught on video removing their underwear and walking around the kitchen nude. It appears the men fled on foot, beachside, headed towards the Collier County line, where the red peppers were found along the beach a few hours later.

Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the 3suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD. 

 

Teens break into car without noticing the undercover detective sitting inside it. Oops July 18, 2014

police+lights44Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside.

The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.

Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective’s door last.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old boy, were arrested. All three were charged with possession of burglary tools and burglary on a vehicle.

 

Fake Good Samaritan stole from woman, 89, after crash July 16, 2014

A woman pretended to assist an 89-year-old woman who was involved in a car accident but actually stole from her, police said.

sfl-flduh-stole-woman-crash-20140715-001Orlando Police Department detectives said that Rachel Murray, 30, stopped at the scene of an accident July 4. While the victim was stuck in her car awaiting the arrival of paramedics and police, Murray allegedly started reassuring the victim.

However, investigators said that Murray was actually searching the victim’s purse and stealing her credit cards, identification and Social Security cards.

Murray left when paramedics and police arrived on the scene and made multiple transactions totaling $2,000 with the victim’s credit cards at numerous local stores, police said.

Detectives followed up with the stores where the credit cards were used and were able to identify Murray during the investigation. Detectives said many of the items purchased with the victim’s credit cards were pawned.

Murray faced a host of charges, including vehicle burglary, burglary of conveyance, theft with a victim over age 65, credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, scheme to defraud and violation of a pawn broker act.

Murray was arrested Monday and booked into the Orange County Jail.

She is being held on a total bond of $60,000.

 

Dial ‘J’ for jail: Cellphone thief left a chatty trail July 15, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

sfl-flduh-dial-j-for-jail-20140714-001It appears cops put this cellphone thief suspect on hold.

The owners of a Panhandle marina reported their company cellphone went AWOL during a break-in, cops said, reports the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach.

Cops then used the missing cellphone’s calling history to dial a number that the suspect had been recently calling, cops said.

A man who answered the phone reportedly identified the frequent caller as Kristine D. Salter, records show.

 

Teens used cellphone to impersonate cops July 14, 2014

Two teenaged boys were arrested Thursday night for impersonating law enforcement, a felony, but their family says it was all just a prank.

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The teens, Angel Torres Jr., 17 and Christian Jose Iturbe, 16, both of Cape Coral are accused of attempting to use high beam red and blue flashing lights from a smartphone to pull over a driver in North Cape Coral.

It happened on Chiquita Boulevard North. A driver called police and told them a vehicle behind him was flashing red and blue lights across the front windshield, and he began to stop because he thought an unmarked police car was pulling him over.

The driver realized as the vehicle got closer to him that it was a Nissan Altima and that made him feel unsure if it was really a police officer behind him. So, he called police and gave them the license plate number.

Police found the suspect’s vehicle as it made a moving violation so they stopped it. At that time, Torres was driving and Iturbe was the front seat passenger, and police discovered they used a combination of flashing their car’s high beams and used a Youtube video of flashing red and blue lights on Iturbe’s cell phone, according to police.

Cape police said: “…this particular case looks to be a criminally stupid prank”- but added that cases like it can be dangerous.

“Impersonators can have dangerous motives for trying to stop members of the public, and impersonators like this shake public confidence and make people second guess real police officers conducting legitimate law enforcement duties,” said CCPD Sergeant Dana Coston.

Back at the police station, police say Torres’ mother was creating a scene and had to be detained. She told officers her son was a rising soccer star and couldn’t afford to get in trouble.

Police say they should have thought of that before deciding to commit a felony.

We went to both of the teens’ homes, and spoke with Torres’ mother by phone, who said she believes the boys meant no harm.

Police say the man who the teens pulled over did everything right by calling 911 with he noticed something was amiss.

 

 
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