The Bizarre World of Florida

Thief steals guns, $18,000 in nickels during house party February 27, 2015

If you’ve seen someone carrying around $18,000 worth of nickels, police in North Naples, Florida, want to talk with you.

iStock_000051318116_Large_1424899413225_13944100_ver1.0_640_480Investigators said 183 boxes filled with bankrolls of nickels were stolen February 15 during a house party held in a gated community.

The five cent coins were stored in blue and white boxes that were the size of large bricks, Fox4Now reports.

About 360,000 nickels were stolen, weighing 3,968 pounds.

Police are asking local banks and businesses with coin-counting machines to report anyone who attempts to change an exceptionally large amount of nickels into larger bills, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Thieves also made off with a .12-gauge shotgun, a .45-caliber firearm and miscellaneous ammunition in addition to the nickels, CBS Miami reports.


Staff recognized ‘regular customer’ at Dunkin’ Donuts who robbed them February 24, 2015

A “regular customer” accused of robbing a doughnut shop in Margate and then threatening officers with a stun gun is behind bars, police said.

doughnutDunkin’ Donuts employees told police they recognized Lashan Patrick Jackson, 40, Saturday after he walked into the business at 399 South State Road 7 wearing a mask and carrying a rifle, according to the arrest report.

“If you don’t open the safe, I’m going to shoot you,” he said to the manager, according to the report.

Jackson followed the woman to the safe, pointing the rifle at her back. When the safe was opened, he grabbed a box with several rolls of coins and two TD Bank bags containing approximately $3,000, police said.

He left the restaurant and went around back to discard the rifle in a dumpster but missed and it hit the ground. Police said they later determined it was a pellet gun.

Witnesses saw Jackson walk away, get into a red four-door Chevrolet with a temporary tag, and drive off. While police were questioning them, one witness saw the red Chevy drive past the restaurant and pointed it out to the officers, the report said. Officers followed the car.

Cops stopped the suspect’s vehicle at 1100 S. State Rd. 7 in North Lauderdale. Officers said they found Jackson at the wheel and the rolled coins and TD Bank bags in the back seat. They also found $2,758 in the glove box, Dunkin’ Donuts deposit slips, and a blue jacket and mask similar to those worn by the armed robber, police said.

The witnesses identified Jackson, saying they were 100 percent certain he was the armed robber. They told detectives he came to the doughnut shop at least once a day and that they recognized his hair style, skin tone, build, mannerisms and eyes despite the mask worn during the holdup, police said.

After he was arrested, Jackson got into a struggle with police when they tried to put him in a holding cell.

Jackson grabbed one officer’s stun gun, police said. “I’m going to kill you,” he told the officer, but the stun gun but misfired, the arrest report stated. Then he grabbed an officer and ordered him to open the cell door. The officer refused and the struggle resumed.

The stun gun fired but no one was hit. Jackson then declared he was HIV positive and tried to bite the officer, police said. Several officers subdued him.

Jackson faces charges that include armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, resisting arrest with violence and escape, among others. He was ordered held without bond, jail records showed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show he was convicted of sexual assault on a minor in 1993.


Thieves butt-dialed victim, left voicemail detailing crime

The digital age presents all sorts of challenges, which two alleged thieves in Key West discovered this week.

YqO6q.AuSt.143David Ricky Fanuelsen, 39, and Dean Ellis Brown, 22, are accused of stealing three saws from their employer, Concrete Solutions, at a job site on North Roosevelt Boulevard.

They got caught after one of them accidentally “butt dialed” the office. The call went to voice mail, which recorded Fanuelsen and Brown discussing how they planned to pawn the tools, Key West Police Department spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

Detectives interviewed both men, who admitted they stole the saws with the intention of selling them, Crean said.

They each face a felony grand theft charge. As of Friday afternoon, both were held in county jail in Key West, each on a $10,000 bond.


He stole tires — and wouldn’t tire of trying to run February 23, 2015

A Pompano Beach man accused of stealing tires is behind bars and facing a slew of charges despite his tireless effort to evade arrest.

troutmanDominique Quintez Troutman, 28, tried to steal tires in Hollywood early Wednesday and then led deputies on a car chase that ended with him being carted off to the hospital and then booked into jail, according to a complaint affidavit filed in his case.

Even at the hospital, Troutman tried to make a break for it by jumping off an X-ray table, the affidavit said. He was not successful.

The incident began to unfold when a business owner called police just after 12:30 a.m. The business owner, looking at his surveillance system, saw a stranger trying to break into his 2000 Ford F-350 pickup, which was parked outside his warehouse at 5925 Ravenswood Road in Dania Beach, the affidavit said.

The business owner confronted the stranger, but the man got into a silver Ford Focus and drove off.

A responding K-9 deputy came across the Focus parked at Stirling Tires and Alignment, 2175 Stirling Road, in Hollywood, the affidavit said. The deputy saw a man, later identified as Troutman, loading tires from a tire rack into the Focus. He then tried to open the door to the business, but couldn’t get in.

Troutman returned to the tire rack and noticed the deputy’s marked Broward Sheriff’s Office K-9 cruiser, the affidavit said. Troutman got into his car, tried to back into the deputy’s cruiser and then sped east on Stirling Road, running a red light.

Troutman headed south on Interstate 95. He got off on Hollywood Boulevard, heading east, before getting back onto I-95, this time heading north, the affidavit said.

Troutman, who by this point was being pursued by multiple officers on the road and in the air, exited on Sunrise Boulevard. He drove through a residential neighborhood, disregarding the flashing lights and blaring sirens.

During the chase, Troutman ran multiple stop signs and drove east in the westbound lanes and west in the eastbound lanes, the affidavit said.

When he reached Northwest 15th Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard, the car he was driving overturned. The pursuit was over.

But Troutman wasn’t giving up yet. Taken to Broward Health Medical Center, he tried in vain to hop off an X-ray table and flee, the affidavit said.

He was booked into jail at 11:39 a.m. on several charges including unarmed burglary, grand theft, aggravated assault on an officer, eluding law enforcement and numerous traffic violations.

Troutman’s bond was set at $26,825 for the 15 charges he faces in connection with the case, records show. Troutman, who has 12 previous arrests in Florida, was being held Thursday without bond on two unrelated charges.

Troutman’s driving privileges have been revoked, records show.


Man breaks into store literally using his head to steal lottery tickets February 20, 2015

Orlando police said a thief broke into a downtown Orlando convenience store with his head on Thursday morning.

Scratch-Off-Lotto-Theft-123125167977The robber got away with more than $10,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets around 3:45 p.m. at the Sunshine Food Mart on South Orange Avenue.

The store had detailed records of which tickets were lost and contacted lottery offices about the head-aching heist right away.

A Florida lotto employee said the tickets were canceled before the bad guy had a chance to cash in.

“We were really quick. It was before 6 a.m.,” employee Sonny Patel said. “Even before the lottery office was open, we were ready for it.”

It cost store owners $70 to replace the glass in the front door.

Lottery officials said there’s a store on the west side of town that’s been robbed of scratch-off tickets three times.


Girl, 3, left in liquor store as mom scrambled to stash boyfriend’s gun February 19, 2015

A 3-year-old stood frozen in fear inside a Deerfield Beach liquor store as her mother scrambled to hide a handgun after her boyfriend shot himself in the leg, authorities said.

liquorStefanie Felicia Stern, 28, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of child neglect without great bodily harm and tampering with evidence, jail records show. She is accused of leaving her daughter alone in a liquor store while she and her boyfriend disposed of a gun with which he had shot himself.

During first-appearance court Wednesday, Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley set Stern’s bond at $2,000 and appointed a guardian for her daughter.

“She left her daughter alone in the liquor store and placed her in harm’s way,” Hurley read from a report. “The daughter is seen frozen in fear as she witnesses these events.”

Stern was with her daughter and Reginald Leon Lee, 34, inside the B21 Liquor store at 4591 N. Dixie Hwy. on Dec. 22 when Lee started arguing with another customer, according to her arrest warrant.
Lee chased the customer out of the store with a gun; when he walked back inside he fumbled with his pants and shot himself in the right leg, the warrant said. Lee then handed the gun to Stern and the two ran to a nearby alley to hide the gun, leaving the child in the store.

When deputies arrived at the liquor store, Lee told them he had been shot by a stranger and he needed an ambulance, the warrant said. Lee was taken to Broward Health North, where he refused to cooperate with authorities. Lee is not facing charges.

Stern told detectives she did not see what happened or how Lee had been shot, the warrant said.

Detectives went to the liquor store the next day and viewed surveillance footage that shows the argument, Lee shooting himself, and he and Stern leaving the child and trying to hide the gun, the warrant said.


$1200 worth of panties stolen in brief heist

Police in Marion County are searching for a suspect who stole 75 panties worth $1,188 from a Victoria’s Secret store.

It happened on Feb. 9 at the store located in the Paddock Mall.

The Ocala Police Department said the man walked into the store carrying a gift bag and went to a display table and put the panties into the bag.



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