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Burglar fights officers, mimics their commands in bizarre incident April 2, 2015

Jeffrey Robert Cavanaugh broke into one car, tried to carjack another, and even went after a police car but all it got him was a ride to the hospital, Margate Police said.

mimicCavanaugh, 19, of Margate, was stealing several items from the back seat of a Kia Sephia in the 6100 block of Northwest First Street early Monday until the father of the car owner chased him off, police said.

Cavanaugh ran down the street and opened the door of an occupied car and said, “give me the keys right now,” but a man and woman sped off in the car, according to the arrest report.

They later told police Cavanaugh’s hand was wrapped in a shirt as if to conceal a handgun. When the first officer arrived at the scene, Cavanaugh walked toward him while pointing his concealed right arm and cursing, the report stated.

The officer took cover behind a parked vehicle and ordered Cavanaugh to show his hands and get on the ground but Cavanaugh mimicked the officer by crouching behind a vehicle and yelling, “show me your hands,” and “get on the ground,” while pointing the shirt-covered hand at the officer, police said.

When more police arrived, Cavanaugh ran off and jumped a fence and officers lost sight of him. A few minutes later Cavanaugh reappeared and walked toward the officers with his concealed hand pointing at them again, the report stated.

When Cavanaugh refused repeated orders to show his hands and get on the ground, a police dog brought him down. Officers found a black, L-shaped piece of plastic in Cavanaugh’s concealed hand, police said.

Margate Fire Rescue arrived to treat Cavanaugh’s wounds suffered during the K9 encounter. When police tried to handcuff Cavanaugh, he jumped up and ran toward a parked police car but was wrestled to the ground and taken into custody about 6 a.m., officers said.

They took him to Northwest Medical Center in Margate for treatment. The arrest report said there was indication that Cavanaugh appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

He is facing charges that include a car burglary and several aggravated assaults on law enforcement officers with violence, records show.

 

Bragging suspect brings down band of thieves March 31, 2015

A Bonita Springs home was the focus of an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Saturday.
The home is located on Cherry Drive — just north of Bonita Beach Road.  Deputies led three people out of the house in handcuffs and put them in the back of a squad car.
“This armored truck-like vehicle came rumbling in, and then out of the middle of nowhere more police vehicles came zooming in,” described one neighbor.  “They blew the doors off the house, and you heard all this hollering and screaming.”
“Not surprised at what goes on here.  This is not the first time.  One morning I heard gunshots,” said another neighbor.
A neighbor tells us since January she has called the sheriff’s office more than two dozen times about activity at the house.  Now, neighbors are wondering what’s happened inside the home to prompt the sudden presence.
During their investigation, detectives say $250,000 worth of gold coins were stolen, a dozen firearms, body armor, a safe and a Mercedes Benz. Detectives also say Myles Winzenried, identified as the ringleader, was bragging to his friends about how much cash he made selling the coins. He allegedly gave one of the weapons, a black AR 15 with flare launcher, to a friend.
Five in all were arrested, according to the sheriff’s office:
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Myles Winzenried of 11080 Cherry Drive, Bonita Springs, charged with Grand Theft greater that $100,000; Armed Burglary of Unoccupied Dwelling; Dealing in Stolen Property; Grand Theft Auto.

Shalima Powell of 11080 Cherry Drive, Bonita Springs, charged with Grand Theft greater at $100,000; Dealing in Stolen Property.

Devin Thomas  of 11080 Cherry Drive, Bonita Springs, charged with Grand Theft Greater than $100,000.

Maria Tasho of 3300 Bermuda Isle Circle, Naples, charged with Dealing in Stolen Property.

Joshua Persad  of 1262 11th St. North, Naples, charged with Dealing in Stolen Property.

The five made a first appearance in court Sunday for their bond assessments.

 

Duo arrested in burglaries after being caught in act by homeowner March 30, 2015

Volusia County deputies have arrested a duo they say teamed up to burglarize DeLand homes before they were caught in the act by a homeowner on Thursday afternoon.

Tobias-Cobb--Kimberly-Jarrell-jpgTobias Cobb, 35, and Kimberly Jarrell, 38, were arrested after deputies say Jarrell would knock on doors to check if potential burglary victims were home and if no one was home, Cobb would burglarize the house.

Deputies said Margaret Gulla, a former weightlifter, came home to her house on Princeton Road to find Cobb in a bedroom of her house.

“You are in my mother and dad’s house and it ain’t happening,” said Gulla.

When Gulla tried to call for help, Cobb smacked her phone out of her hand and punched her in the face, according to the report.

“He hit me, so I socked him in his eye and he was trying to get away and I had him by his shirt and I wouldn’t let go. I tried to drag him to get to the phone,” said Gulla.

A neighbor chased Cobb to a plaza on South Woodland Boulevard and flagged down a deputy.

Deputies said Cobb surrendered after a deputy tracked him to a closet and said “You can come out of the closet or you can be bit by my dog.”

Deputies found a hammer, rubber gloves and the victim’s family’s jewelry in his backpack, according to a release.

Cobb was charged with burglary with assault/battery, burglary of an occupied structure, grand theft, depriving the use of 911, resisting an officer without violence, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.

Jarrell was arrested on a principal to burglary charge after the neighbor spotted her walking with Cobb just before the burglary.

They were both booked into Volusia County jail.

“Just don’t come back to my house again, because the next time you’ll get shot,” said Gulla.

 

Man accused of shoplifting adult pleasure device

The buzz in Vero Beach on March 16 was at Spencer’s in the Indian River Mall.

oscar_gil_mugA store manager told an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy that a male and female walked in the store’s adult toy section where the female selected a vibrator.That’s where an 18-year-old man stands accused of absconding with a vibrator after a female friend picked up the pleasuring device and proclaimed, “I want this,” an affidavit states.

After she expressed her desire to possess the $12.99 erotic device, the male plucked it from its packaging and pocketed it.

They proceeded past all points of sale without paying.

The store manager evidently got bad vibes from the male, identified as Oscar Gil, of Fort Pierce, and stopped him.

A deputy asked to speak with Gil. He said he swiped the sex toy, the make and model of which were not included in the affidavit, after his female friend told him she wanted it.

“Gil told me there was no reason he took it and that he was just ‘stupid,’” the affidavit states.

Gil was arrested on a misdemeanor shoplifting/retail theft charge.

 

Would-be bank robber was drunk, arrived by cab, and couldn’t pay the cab fare March 26, 2015

B9316747001Z.1_20150326134136_000_GPAAB300M.1-0Stanley Geddie arrived by taxicab and was drunk during an attempted heist of a Tallahassee bank Wednesday afternoon, police say.

The 46-year-old was arrested on charges of robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer after demanding $100,000 from a bank manager at the Capital City Bank on Capital Circle Northwest.

Geddie told the manager he had a .357 handgun, was carrying C4 plastic explosives and “would blow this place up,” court records show.

Police arrived at the bank to find the cab driver, who advised them Geddie was drunk and had not paid his $25.50 fare. The driver told police Geddie said, “I will take care of you when I come out.”

When police made contact with Geddie sitting in the manager’s office, he appeared “very intoxicated and spaced out,” according to court records.

Geddie did not follow officers’ commands and was tased during the incident. Court records say that when police told him he would be shot if he made any sudden movements, he said “well then kill me.” He was arrested without further incident. A search revealed Geddie did not have a firearm or explosives.

In an interview with police, the bank manager said Geddie indicated he also had the bank surrounded while continuing to demand the money.

Tellers alerted police to the robbery after the manager closed his office door with Geddie inside and they became concerned.

While being treated for Taser wounds at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Geddie indicated he had on two pairs of pants so he could remove one after the robbery to appear not to be the suspect.

The cab driver told police he wanted to press charges for the unpaid fare, which resulted in the petty theft charge.

 

Meow! Woman found burglar under bed while looking for cat March 20, 2015

A 61-year-old woman expected to feel the soft fur of her cats when she searched under her bed for them.

catBut to her surprise, she felt a person instead. She had just touched the burglar who was hiding under her bed, Palm Springs police said.

It happened Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of Cayman Drive.

A stranger was knocking on residents’ doors, drawing the suspicion of a neighbor who phoned the police. The neighbor watched the man walk toward the rear of a residence, according to the report.

Inside that home, a woman was searching for her two cats.

As the woman reached under her bed, she “felt she had touched human skin,” an officer wrote in the report. “The suspect was hiding under her bed.”

That caused the man, later identified as Christian Vatovec, 25, of Lake Worth, to sprint from the home and jump a fence before running west toward Henthorne Drive, police said.

Police responded to the neighborhood, and an officer visited the residence where the burglar had been.

The woman said a gold ankle bracelet and digital camera were stolen. Officers found Vatovec near a canal and took him back to the burglarized home, where the woman identified him as the burglar.

Vatovec faces burglary, grand theft and resisting arrest charges. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $53,000 bail.

 

Man tired to swipe 27 cases of suds from Wal-Mart March 15, 2015

George Lainez has a thirst for theft, according to his arrest report.

beerThe 58-year-old man loaded 27 cases of beer into a shopping cart and walked out the door of the Wal-Mart at 7900 W. McNab Rd. in North Lauderdale on Tuesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

A loss prevention officer spotted Lainez filling up the cart just before 11 a.m. and then watched as he walked past the checkout lines and into the parking lot, officials said.

Lainez, of North Lauderdale, was caught in the parking lot with $485.15 worth of beer and was arrested on a charge of retail theft, court records showed.

Bond was set at $1,500 at his first appearance in court Wednesday.

He was convicted of petit theft in 2012, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

 

 
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