The Bizarre World of Florida

Man robs store, returns cash after noting customers were armed — with phones September 18, 2014

Filed under: Robbers,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,WTF?,Amazing,Dumb,Stupid — floridaduh @ 12:48 pm

sfl-flduh-robs-returns-cash-20140917-001The Panama City Police Department announces the arrest of 49 year old, Walter Lee Barnes of Panama City. On September 16, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. officers responded to the Cannon Oil station, located at 1520 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, in reference to a robbery.

The victim advised officers she was conducting a “cash drop” into the stores safe, Barnes jumped the counter and attempted to take her purse. The attendant dropped the money she was placing into the safe and attempted to get her purse back from Barnes. Barnes also grabbed some of the money she dropped and as he turned to leave, he noticed several customers in the store were calling the police.

Barnes returned the money and then fled the scene. Officers quickly located Barnes in the area and transported him to the Panama City Police Department for questioning.

After investigators completed the interview, Barnes was subsequently transported to the Bay County Jail, charged with robbery by sudden snatching.


Here’s more proof that Floridians will steal anything … anything

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Robbers,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:47 pm

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a woman who was seen on camera walking up to an electrical box at the Bullet Hole at 330 South Orange Avenue in Sarasota and stealing a circuit breaker last month.

Surveillance video from August 30th shows a woman seen walking through the rear parking lot and lifting the metal flip box and pulling out a circuit breaker from the junction box.

The woman has shoulder length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, white shorts, white sneakers and carrying a red backpack.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Dwayne Shellhammer at 941-954-7014 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online atwww.sarasotacrimestoppers.com


No officer and no gentleman: Fake Navy Seal allegedly stole from good Samaritans September 11, 2014

It was no surprise when some folks in Daytona Beach took a Navy SEAL, who said his wallet was stolen, under their wing.

UntitledThe accused imposter told the folks at Daytona Inn and Neptune’s Sports Pub his name was Alex Seppi, a Navy SEAL being deployed to Afghanistan in a matter of days who was in need of a little rest and money to get to base.

Seppi, also known as 47-year-old Schoen Labombard, has a long criminal history of fraud charges.

“This probably did help somebody. He won’t be able to do it again for a long time,” said Jim Brittain, who owns Neptune’s Sports Pub and fed the accused fraud.

The owners of the attached hotel put him in an ocean front room. Brittain lent Labombard $500 after the suspect said his wallet was stolen and he needed to get to his Tampa base. Apparently Labombard had somebody helping him, too.

“We got a phone call from someone who said he was his commanding officer thanking us for helping him,” Brittain said. “I said, ‘No problem. That’s what we do.'”

When Labombard broke his leg climbing a fence on Main Street one night when he was out with his new friends, they got him to the hospital and went to his hotel room to secure it for him. That’s when they found a temporary license with Labombard’s real name.

Waitress Marilyn Ritz, furious that the suspect had ripped off her boss, turned the tables on the accused fraud and went to the hospital without telling him she knew the truth.

“It was very hard for me to keep my cool in the hospital with him and not want to do something to him but I did not, in order to get the picture of him,” Ritz said.

Turns out Labombard is wanted in New York state for impersonating an officer and larceny. He’s done prison time in New York for previous frauds.


Rude awakening: Suspected jewelry burglar found snoozing in victim’s bed September 10, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dumb,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm

sfl-flduh-snoozing-jewelry-20140910-001An alleged burglar in Sarasota County was found sleeping so soundly, deputies were able to snap a photograph.

Deputies say Dion Davis, 29, was in a home in Nokomis on Monday morning apparently stealing jewelry when he decided to take a cat nap.

Davis was caught sleeping with a bag of stolen jewelry next to his head when a maid, hired by the victim, entered the bedroom of the home. Prior to finding him, the maid said she noticed an open kitchen window.

Davis has been charged with unoccupied residential burglary.


It looks like these customers got taken for a ride September 8, 2014

A man is facing charges after Daytona Beach police said he posed as a valet attendant at the Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant and stole two luxury cars in August.

“Any business this can happen to, you just don’t know. Who would expect it?” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

sfl-flduh-valet-stole-luxury-cars-20140905-001Police said 43-year-old Giovanni Salletti stole his first high-end car Aug. 17 around 8 p.m.

“He told (the victim) he would valet the cars, she gave him the keys and he said he would bring the valet ticket to her table. She went into the restaurant and he drove off,” said Chitwood.

Police said Salletti got away in a 2008 Mercedes Benz and came back just days later to steal again.

On Aug. 22, police said an officer spotted Salletti looking suspicious, took down his information and left just hours before Salletti struck again. Police said this time, Salletti grabbed keys from the valet kiosk and drove away in a 2008 BMW worth $85,000. It wasn’t until police got ahold of surveillance video that they put two and two together.

“Once officers got that video and when the officer recognized him from the field stop, it came together very quickly,” said Chitwood.

Not only did police track down Salletti, they said they recovered both cars at his apartment complex.

“That’s some of the dangers of using a valet service. There is always somebody lurking and jerking around there that can make you a victim,” said Chitwood.

Salletti is in the Volusia County Jail charged with two counts of grand theft auto. Police said he was already wanted on a probation violation for carjacking.


Backyard paradise on a budget? Here’s a non-neighborly plan

Filed under: Bizzarre,Disrespectful,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:36 pm

Dennis Carlo was said to have a nice backyard at his Deltona home featuring potted plants, statues and windmills.

The problem? The items were stolen, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-backayrd-windmills-stolen-20140907-001The 66-year-old man was arrested Saturday at his home on Lino Court, deputies said. Authorities say the man stole the first items on Aug. 18 wen several potted palm plants from her front yard, followed by more thefts a couple days later.

Then on Aug. 21 a large angel statue was stolen from front yard of another home in the same neighborhood. In all, seven victims reported various lawn furniture and plants stolen, according to deputies.

Victim surveillance video captured the suspect and his gold Toyota, which deputies found parked outside his home, said Brandon Haught, sheriff’s office public information officer.

“The car was surrounded by a yard full of neatly arranged potted plants, large angel statues and windmills,” Haught said in a press release. “All of the plants were secured to a surrounding fence with zip ties in what appeared to be an attempt to prevent them from being stolen.”

Carlo admitted to stealing some of the items, Haught said. The items, which were all in good condition and well cared for, were returned to their owners, he said.

Carlo was charged with seven counts of petty theft. He remains at the Volusia County Jail on a 1,750 bond.


Intruder tried to strike a deal with armed homeowner September 5, 2014

A homeowner held a burglar at gunpoint Wednesday morning, and while the man waited in his house for police to arrive, the intruder made an odd proposition:

In exchange for his freedom, the burglar offered to mow the man’s lawn.

sfl-flduh-intruder-deal-armed-homeowner-201409-001The incident began when Joseph Cihak woke to use the bathroom at about 4:30 a.m. He carried his handgun with him because less than a week before, someone had broken into his home on Westwood Terrace N. He and his wife made a plan to carry a gun any time they left their bedroom at night.

On his way to the bathroom, Cihak heard a rustling noise coming from the living room, police said. There, he found a man rifling through his belongings. The burglar rushed Cihak, police said, and the homeowner fired two shots.

Then the gun jammed. The burglar ran toward the kitchen, trying to find a way out, and police said Cihak ran for another gun.

Cihak came back to the kitchen to find Bryan Remley, 25, lying on the floor, police said. He was uninjured.

Cihak’s wife, Colleen Traversa, heard her husband confront the man and called police.

As they waited for police to arrive, Remley asked Cihak to let him go and promised to come back to mow the lawn, police said.

“That probably would have done it for me,” joked police spokesman Mike Puetz, “but for this particular guy, he wanted to wait for the cops.”

Police said Remley had a 4-inch knife in a holster with him. He was charged with armed burglary and violation of probation, and he had an outstanding warrant from Seminole County on a petty theft charge.



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