The Bizarre World of Florida

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

Filed under: Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — 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.


This sucks! Burglar left DNA-rich lollipop at crime scene August 24, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:48 pm

After a burglar left his Lollipop stick at a home he robbed, detectives were able to track him down through DNA on it.

sfl-flduh-dna-lollipop-20140821-001Thomas Christopher Crews, 53, of North Naples, is in the Collier County jail following his arrest Thursday on burglary and grand theft charges.

The lollipop stick was discovered while Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives were investigating a “Dinner Set” burglary at a residence in Pelican Bay in March.

Dinner Set burglars typically strike upscale homes while residents are out to dinner.

Detectives were investigating a report of a burglary that occurred March 6 at a residence on L’Ambiance Circle in Pelican Bay in North Naples.

The victim told detectives that she left the residence for dinner around 6 pm and when she returned at 10:30 pm she noticed the rear sliding glass door was ajar and that some of her jewelry was missing.

The victim also noticed a used lollipop stick that wasn’t hers that was on top of a bedroom dresser.

Detectives submitted the lollipop stick to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to be processed for DNA.

Forensic testing matched DNA evidence from the lollipop stick to Crews, detectives said. Crews’ DNA was already on file at a DNA data bank in Florida from a 2001 Sarasota case.

Detectives located Crews and he gave them permission to collect DNA in order for it to be submitted for comparison to the DNA discovered on the lollipop stick. On Monday, it came back as a match.

He was arrested at his home on Thursday.

Crews has served more than 20 years in prison. 


Reeled in: Fishing gear thief who swiped $13,000 in rods August 21, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:22 pm

sfl-flduh-fishing-rods-thief-20140820-001Port St. Joe’s serene waters make it a prime fishing spot in Gulf County. Evidence of that is now sitting in the evidence room at the Port St. Joe Police Department.

“There’s a lot of them and they’re really expensive. So you can take a $300 to $400 combo of a reel and rod and go sell it at the pawn shop or sell it on the street  for $150 – $200,” said Richards. “If you’ve got a lot of em’ you can make a lot of money.” 

Police say that’s exactly what prompted 18-year-old Quincy Nathaniel Works to steal more than $13,000 in tackle from victims around the city.

“Initially it appeared that he was riding around looking for boats close to the road with rods sticking up in rod holders,” said Richards.  

 So investigators came up with a plan to set up a decoy boat not far off the beaten path complete with a game cam. 

“Knowing that he was driving around looking for boats close to the road we asked a friend if we could use his boat and he pulled it in his front yard and we put two rods in his boat sticking up and put the camera in the tree pointing at the boat,” said Richards. “Just to see if we could get lucky.” 

The plan worked. No sooner did investigators push play on the camera that they caught Works just nine hours later.  

“We thought it was a shot in the dark,” said Richards. “We thought we may get lucky with it being on a main thoroughfare, but never expected it to happen that night in just a couple of hours from when we set it up.” 

But luck was on their side. Works was charged for stealing the two reels from the decoy boat and for violation of probation.  

The next task for authorities will be matching victims with their tackle.  

“We have a lot of it that is not identified,” said Richards. “We think we still have victims out there that may not know they’re victims yet.” 

If you do think you’re a victim in this case or you have discovered you are missing some fishing gear in the Port St. Joe area contact the Port St. Joe Police Department at 227-1414. 


 An 18-year-old Port St. Joe man is charged for the theft of more than $13 thousand in stolen fishing equipment.  Port St. Joe police say last Sunday they took reports from victims who had high end fishing reels stolen from all over the city. 

Saturday authorities took matters into their own hands and set up a decoy boat with decoy fishing rods. That boat was robbed and the reels were discovered missing this morning.  

The effort led to the arrest of Quincy Nathaniel Works thanks to a camera mounted on the boat. Works was arrested on burglary charges and also had a previous warrant.  

An investigation into search warrants lead to the recovery of more than 30 rods and reels and a compound bow and arrow.  Investigators say they are still searching for more fishing equipment that has still not been recovered.  


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.”



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