The Bizarre World of Florida

Smartphone, dumb selves? Selfies lead cops to theft suspects August 27, 2014

Filed under: Robbers,Fraud,Really Dumb,WTF?,Dumb,Stupid — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

Ormond Beach police recovered a stolen phone after they said a couple stole it from a hostess at the Bonefish Restaurant Tuesday night.

sfl-flduh-selfies-smartphone-thieves-20140825-001Police said 27-year-old Bryce Dolph and his girlfriend walked in to pick up their food and walked out with the cellphone instead. However, it didn’t take long for police to track them down.

The couple allegedly took several pictures of themselves and posted them on Facebook. The pictures were also uploaded to the victim’s Google Plus account and she was able to turn them over to police. The social media site is a backup for storing pictures and videos that can be seen anytime a person logs into their Google account.

Police quickly tracked down Dolph and arrested him.

He is in the Volusia County jail on $23,500 bond. He’s charged with contribute to delinquency/dependency of a minor and two counts of grand theft.

The girl who police said was also involved is a juvenile and wasn’t arrested in this case.

Police said both admitted to stealing the phone to support their drug habits.


Blade runner: Man accused of stealing $1,500 worth of razors August 25, 2014

Filed under: Dumb,Fraud,Robbers,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:55 pm

A 31-year-old man was arrested last week after allegedly stealing $1,500 in razors in three thefts in less than a month from Walmart and Target in Casselberry, police said.

sfl-flduh-steal-razors-20140822-001Authorities allege Tyler David Myers was selling the stolen razors.

Myers was arrested Aug. 15 after allegedly stealing about $500 worth of razors from the Walmart on State Road 436, according to an arrest report. The report says theft prevention employees noticed Myers acting suspiciously by looking around at everyone who was passing him.

He then took a number of packaged razors and stuffed them in his pants before leaving, the report said. Myers was walking out of the store when police arrived and tried to apprehend him, but he ran away.

Police say Myers led officers on a chase through an apartment complex before he was eventually caught, the report said.

Authorities later learned Myers was also arrested on Aug. 6 after a theft at Target on US 17-92. As officers arrived, they saw Myers resisting theft prevention employees, who suffered injuries after being thrown to the ground by Myers, police said. He continued to resist officers and tried to run away, according to a report.

When an officer patted Myers down, he found 14 packages of razors valued at nearly $500 concealed inside Myers’ pant legs, the report said. Theft prevention employees said Myers also was a suspect in a July 25 shoplifting where he allegedly stole another $500 worth of razors.

Myers was charged in all three cases and also faces resisting arrest charges.

The report said Myers was homeless and had a Tennessee driver’s license.


Women break-in, snatch purse ….. at a probation office

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:53 pm

Police say two women who stole a purse from a probation and parole office and later attempted to use a credit card inside the purse have been arrested.


Shalanda Morgan, 28, and Rachelle Palys, 26, were arrested Thursday and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Police said the two also are accused in the snatching of a woman’s purse from a shopping cart a few days earlier and that nearly a dozen transactions, worth hundreds of dollars, were made at several locations using credit cards that were in that purse.

In Thursday’s case, officers went to the probation and parole office in the Cascades building at 1515 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, where surveillance video showed the two women — one of whom broke a window — entering the building and grabbing a purse. The two then ran away.

The purse was later found, but the contents, including credit cards, were missing.

While investigating the case, officers were alerted that one of the stolen cards had been used at a nearby gas station.

At the store, a clerk said a woman came in and offered the card to buy cigarettes and ice cream sandwiches. When the card was declined, the woman ran out and got into a vehicle that drove away.

Officers got a description of the vehicle and found it parked at the Vacation Host Inn at 3330 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.

An officer saw a woman, later identified as Morgan, walking on the property. When she saw the officer, she ran into a room and locked the door. Morgan later opened the door, and officers saw Palys inside, reports state.

Palys admitted they stole the purse from an office at the Cascades building and to taking the credit cards, according to the reports.

During interviews with detectives, the authorities linked the women to a purse grabbing in a Walgreens parking lot Tuesday. In that case, a woman said she was putting items in her vehicle when a woman grabbed her purse from the shopping cart and ran.

Officers got pictures of Morgan and Palys from store surveillance footage.

The two claimed that another woman had taken that purse, but did say they were present when the stolen credit cards were used at various locations.

The women each were charged with several offenses, including burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.


Man pretended to be a deputy ….. why? …. well, for a parking spot August 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Disrespectful,Fraud,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

Orange County deputies arrested a man they say was claiming to be a cop conducting an investigation so he could get a parking spot.

Jose-OrtizJose Ortiz, 49, was arrested on Sunday afternoon and charged with impersonating an officer.

Deputies said Ortiz told the clerk at the Lakeview Inn on South Orange Blossom Trail he was investigating corrupt deputies and security personnel at Club Q-Rico and needed to park at the inn.

According to the report, Ortiz told another man he was a cop and if the man tried to tow his car, he would arrest him.

When deputies found and arrested Ortiz, he had a Taser, pepper-spray and handcuffs on his utility belt. He also had an Orange County Sheriff’s Office sticker on his car, according to the report.

He was booked into Orange County jail.


Couple splurges $10,000 in fraud at Four Seasons Hotel on Palm Beach August 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Fraud,Interesting,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:33 pm

A Hialeah couple reportedly spent over $10,000 fraudulently when they used fake names and spent a luxurious night at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.


Javier Roura, 25, and Joanna Sanchez, 28, walked into the Four Seasons Resort on July 3 without reservations or luggage. The couple insisted they were tired from traveling, so the receptionist expedited the check-in process, obtaining a minimal amount of personal information, according the Palm Beach Police Department.

They used the name Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Spinel and gave a fake phone number and email. During the night, the couple ordered a movie, in-room dining and an $800 bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whiskey. They tried to order two more bottles of Johnnie Walker but they were never delivered.

The couple also spent more than $8,000 at the hotel’s boutique, Swell, where they indulged in clothing and accessories such as a bathing suit, a woven purse, a knit dress and jelly sandals, the report said.

Their stay clocked in at $10,353, the police report said.

A surveillance camera captured Roura and Sanchez as they left the hotel in a Dodge Charger. Police found the same car parked outside of their Hialeah residence, according to the report.

Former probation officers for both Roura and Sanchez helped identify the suspects in surveillance videos showing the couple in the lobby and shopping at the boutique. The offenses for which the suspects were on probation were not immediately known.

The credit card that Roura used was later determined to be have been issued by a French bank, La Banque Postale, in Paris.

Roura and Sanchez were arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday and face charges of forgery, illegal use of credit cards, grand theft and impersonation. They were released Thursday after posting bail — $12,000 for Roura and $8,000 for Sanchez.


Onelio Castro nearly blew-up an entire city block yesterday August 17, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 9.53.20 AMOnelio Castro was in the act of stealing gas yesterday at a service station in Miami at 71st Avenue and Flagler Street when something went terribly wrong. Suddenly, the van he was pumping the gas into exploded in a fireball, sending smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

Luckily, no innocent bystanders were killed. There’s no telling what might have happened had the fire from the explosion made it into the station’s underground tanks.

Castro fled the scene, but police caught up with him a few blocks away Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 1.41.27 PMand arrested him.

But what no one has mentioned, so far, is that yesterday’s near-tragedy might have been averted had Castro been locked up after trying the very same thing in Miami in January 2013, or in Boca Raton in 2012 … or in June 2010 when police in Medley arrested Castro for “possession of an illegal gasoline storage tank and loitering.”


Here’s a risky way to raise some beer money … and a lot of hell August 15, 2014

sfl-flduh-couple-favor-bar-20140814-001A Crestview man who robbed a couple at knifepoint Tuesday night is now charged with armed robbery and violating his probation.

The victims said they were giving 46-year-old William John Beatty a ride, according to a media release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, Beatty pulled a knife out of his pocket, demanded money and threatened one of the victims. The couple gave Beatty the money they had on them, the release said.

Beatty approached the couple while they were speaking with a deputy. They identified him as the robber, the release said.

Beatty said he’d been at a local bar drinking beer.

He was arrested for armed robbery and violation of probation for an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.



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