The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


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.


Man adds “identity theft” to the long list of bad decisions in his life, a list that includes have the Bentley tattoo on his forehead July 10, 2014

Some might say you couldn’t mistake him for anyone else because of his unique facial tattoos — which include the Bentley luxury car logo splashed across his forehead and between his eyes.

sfl-derek-denesevich-20140709But federal prosecutors say Derek Denesevich liked to pretend to be other people by stealing their identities and using them to make money by filing fraudulent income tax returns.

Denesevich, 26, of Lauderhill, surrendered in court Wednesday to face federal identity theft charges. He paid a former Broward Clerk of Courts employee to misuse her position and steal drivers’ identities, according to court records.

Denesevich is charged with aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to possess unauthorized access devices. According to court records, he is cooperating with the investigation of a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme that prosecutors said he operated.

Denesevich, who told the judge that he works in a shoe store, was first publicly identified as a suspect in the case earlier this year.

“He has accepted responsibility for what he did and he is doing anything and everything in his power to make amends,” his lawyer Omar Guerra Johansson said.

The lawyer declined to comment on details of the crime or Denesevich’s extensive facial and neck tattoos.

Denesevich’s alleged co-conspirator Porscha Kyles was sentenced to three years and one day in federal prison earlier this year. Kyles, 26, formerly of Davie, is serving her prison term in Central Florida.

The former Broward court clerk was fired in 2012 after she was caught stealing identities on the job that she had held for four years. Kyles worked at the public counter in the traffic and misdemeanor division at the county courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale and had access to the state’s driver license database.

For several months, starting in October 2011, Denesevich offered Kyles cash payments in exchange for her providing him with the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of motorists, federal prosecutors wrote in court documents.

“Kyles knew that the [information] that she provided to Denesevich was going to be used in a tax-refund fraud scheme,” according to her plea agreement.

Denesevich then used some of the information to electronically file fraudulent and unauthorized tax returns seeking refunds from the Internal Revenue Service, prosecutors said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow agreed to release Denesevich on $50,000 bond. She barred him from working in any job that involves having access to other people’s personal identifying information, such as dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Denesevich is scheduled to return to federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Monday to either plead guilty or not guilty. If convicted, he faces a maximum of seven years in federal prison.

Kyles came under suspicion when her supervisors noticed that there was irregular activity involving her use of a computer database of driver’s license information.

She later pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and one count of aggravated identity theft and was sentenced to the prison term and ordered to pay $57,328 in restitution. She admitted that she used her position to steal drivers’ personal information

Prosecutors said that she sold the information of more than 100 Florida drivers to Denesevich and the conspiracy involved an intended loss amount of at least $120,000.


Girl, 12, took mom’s car for joy ride, got jail ride instead

A 12-year-old girl was pulled over Tuesday morning for speeding on North Pine Avenue in Ocala.

sfl-flduh-moms-car-joy-ride-20140709-001The girl — who had taken her mother’s car without permission to visit a friend — ended up being arrested after she gave the officer a bogus name and age, according to the Ocala Police Department.

Officer William Joedicke was doing radar checks in the 800 block of North Pine when he noticed the white Chrysler in a southbound lane going 52 in a 35-mph zone.

He followed the vehicle, which turned right onto West Silver Spring Springs Boulevard. The driver stopped after several blocks.

Joedicke asked the girl for her driver’s license and registration, according to an OPD report. She told him she had lost her license and didn’t have the registration.

She did give him a date of birth, but only after thinking about it and asking her 15-year-old passenger, a friend, if she had it right.

The officer checked the information and determined it was false. He asked her to get out of the car, and she was taken to the juvenile detention center.

The girl’s mother was notified and was upset, officials said.

The girl told the officer that she was on her way to a friend’s home to talk with her because the friend was having problems. The girl waited until her mother was asleep before taking the keys and her wallet.

Her mother told Joedicke the girl’s real age, which is 12. The girl told him she didn’t know why she hadn’t told him the truth.


Phone thief left big clue on victim’s Facebook page, deputies say July 9, 2014

Jean and Darrell Parker were hoping Jean’s cell phone would show up after it went missing during a recent furniture delivery.

They dashed off on vacation to Disney World. The phone didn’t show up – but a Facebook photo did.

sfl-flduh-cellphone-photo-facebook-20140708-001A friend alerted them to check Jean’s Facebook page where they found a picture of a man holding an assault rifle. It appeared Jean Parker had posted that photo to the page herself.

They also say the suspect the phone thief tried to hack into their bank account. But it’s the picture that really has them upset.

“It was really an affront to have [the photo] posted under her name,” said Darrell Parker.

“This may be one of the craziest criminals that we’ve seen in a long time,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Sheriff Judd and his detectives, have a lot of questions about the man in the photo.

“Is this your assault rifle? Are you a convicted felon? Do you have the right to possess this?” said Judd.

How did the picture end up on Jean Parker’s page?

“We think maybe [the suspect] got their phones mixed up. Why else would you take a stolen phone, take a picture, and put it on the victim’s Facebook page?” asked Judd.

This entire incident highlights the fact that many keep their entire lives on their cell phone. The Parkers are going to make sure that their cell phone is password protected in the future.

If you know who the man in the photo is, you can earn a reward.

“If this is the guy who did this, we’ll give him another picture in orange. But there won’t be any green lettering,” said Judd.

The Parkers feel like they’ve been violated.

“When my Facebook account, my mail, all of my friend’s privacy, was also invaded,” said Jean Parker.

If you recognize the man in the picture, call Heartland Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.


Viral video: Made in the shade? Not exactly July 8, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Stupid,Video,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:56 pm

Authorities investigated an accusation of an attempted theft of beach gear on New Smyrna Beach after receiving a 911 call, and video of the incident has gone viral.


Volusia County Beach Safety & Ocean Rescue said it was called to a report of a fight and theft around 6:30 p.m. Friday near 27th Avenue.

A woman reported that two other women were stealing her family’s beach items and her husband was recording the incident with his phone, officials said.

The video, which was posted to YouTube, shows two women appearing to dismantle a canopy when they’re approached by a man.

“Is that yours?” the man asks.

“Yeah, but we don’t know how to do it,” one of the women responds.

“Oh, do you need some help?” the man asks.

“Do you know how to do it?” the woman says.

“Yeah, this is our stuff,” the man replies.

“This is yours?” says the other woman, sounding flabbergasted.

After some small talk, the man says he’ll “let it slide,” but one of the women says, “Turn the (expletive) camera off.”

“No, step away from my (stuff). How about that?” the man says.

The woman then approaches the man after saying she’s going to take his phone.

The YouTube video ends with the man laughing and saying, “Seriously?” as the woman approaches him.

Beach patrol officials said the women were not present when officers arrived, and the husband and wife who reported the incident did not want to press charges.

According to officials, the women could have faced charges of grand theft and simple battery.

Local 6 spoke with the husband of Linda Kelley, the woman in the red swimsuit in the video. He said the incident was a misunderstanding.

According to Kelley, the women thought the family’s beach things belonged to their friends and they were asked to pack up the items.

Kelley could not be reached for comment.


Suspected burglar’s calling card was his shirt, cops say July 7, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Beautiful,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:21 pm

Police didn’t have a hard time tracking down a man who allegedly burglarized two cars at a Delray Beach home – he had his employer’s phone number printed right on his shirt.

sfl-flduh-calling-card-shirt-20140705-001Delray Beach police said they got a call from a woman who said that just after 8 a.m. on Monday, she caught a man on her security camera stealing two pairs of expensive sunglasses and a $100 Louis Vuitton coin purse from her cars, the report stated.

Police looked at the video and saw a man wearing a shirt that said “I Got Wood LLC.” The shirt also listed a phone number.

When officers called that number, they reached the owner of I Got Wood, a flooring company. According to the report, the owner told police that the man in the video was his employee Perry Martin, 55, of Coconut Creek.

According to the report, Martin walked away from a job site shortly before the time of the burglary.

On Wednesday, police contacted Martin. They asked him whether he was the man in the security video and he said he was, according to the report.

Martin is charged with burglary, grand theft and violation of probation. He was held Thursday at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail, records show.


Man who made bogus bomb threat left a lasting impression

John Doe didn’t have coins to make a bogus bomb threat from a pay phone in Fort Lauderdale.

fl-port-bomb-threat-caller-20140703-001So he walked into a gas station, asked for change and called 911 to report a fake bomb in a backpack at Port Everglades. Little did he know that 911 calls are free at pay phones.

Authorities are asking the public for help identifying the man who called himself “John Doe” when he called in the hoax. The supposed target: the Florida Power & Light plant at 1400 Eller Drive at the port.

The call was made about 7:55 p.m. June 27 at the BP gas station at 606 N. Federal Highway, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

In surveillance video released by authorities Thursday, the man is seen pulling up to the gas station in a white Ford Focus hatchback.

Wearing jeans, a faded green polo short and white sneakers, he is seen walking into the gas station and approaching the cash register. He gets change for a dollar bill and leaves.

Shortly after, he parks near the pay phone and, authorities said, calls 911 to report an explosive in a bac

“If he hadn’t gone in there, we wouldn’t have video,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Gina Carter said. “He basically provided visual evidence of what he looks like.”

The bomb threat led to a response by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, SWAT, the sheriff’s bomb squad and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

“We have to not only mobilize a lot of our resources here, other agencies come in to help us,” Carter said. “All this money is being wasted on a bogus call, which means if there’s something else that’s legitimate, these resources are already in use. It puts a lot of people in danger.”

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact sheriff’s Detective Luis Rivera at 954-321-4289 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.



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