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Man said he wasn’t swiping bike, just hiding it October 7, 2014

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A 53-year-old man is accused of trespassing after allegedly attempting to steal a restaurant employee’s bicycle.

sflduh-swiping-bike-hiding-it-20141004-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called on Sept. 23, according to the arrest report. Roy Ronald Rowell, Jr. was allegedly seen taking an employee’s bicycle and walking through the parking lot with it.

When employees of the restaurant confronted Rowell, he said that he was “going to hide it so it would not get stolen,” the report said. Rowell had been given a trespass warning on Aug. 11 after allegedly harassing customers.

He’s charged with failing to leave property upon an order by the owner.

 

Shoplifter dressed as security guard, used special device

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Dressed as a security guard and drawing little attention, Anthony Burcks approached the electronics department at Wal-Mart. From inside his pocket, police said, he produced a small, rectangle-shaped device wrapped in aluminum foil.

sfl-flduh-shoplifter-dressed-guard-20141004-001Unlocking the items he wanted, Burcks was soon on his way toward the exit with what police said was more than $2,600 worth of cellphone cases and battery packs hidden in a plastic tote container lying in a shopping cart, according to a Lake Wales Police Department report.

Such elaborate forms of shoplifting are a growing concern among retailers in Florida, according to the Florida Retail Federation and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

However, these methods are new to Lake Wales, police said.

“It’s definitely a unique case for us,” Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said Thursday. “Most of the things people use around here are cutting devices.”

Burcks pushed the cart through the store and past the cash registers toward a closed exit. While shoppers may not have noticed him, Wal-Mart loss-prevention officials did and had already called Lake Wales police. When Burcks spotted them, he turned around and attempted to hide the tote container before heading toward another exit.

Police stopped him, however, and searched him. Inside his right front pocket police say they found the device known as a hand key. It is about half the size of a Kit Kat candy bar and it enables would-be retail thieves to ­remove shoplifting protections from merchandise.

“These keys are used in house by retailers themselves to protect merchandise,” said Samantha Stratton, spokeswoman for the Florida Retail Federation. “Typically, they can be universal from some manufacturers.”

Hand keys unlock security devices — like the cases around DVDs or the tags that tether electronics to shelves — using strong magnets. When placed against a security device, the magnets in a hand key unlock the device allowing it to be opened, or detached, and the product removed. Some stores have the ability to detect the magnets through security towers placed at the entrance, but simple items, like tinfoil, can fool some security measures.

Hand keys have been used in theft for a while.

“We have seen several cases where a suspect has obtained a device and used it to access a locked area,” said Carrie Horstman, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office said.

Internet websites have forums dedicated to shoplifting and evading security tags. Instructional videos on how to use hand keys can be found on YouTube. Some forums and videos are as old as five years.

“Thirty dollars is a good investment; you’ll make triple easily within the first minutes of use,” a user named Kirby wrote on a Zoklet.net forum dedicated to shoplifting with Alpha s3 keys. “I stole a desktop PC from Wal-Mart with the use of this.”

Hand keys can be purchased online, usually only by qualified institutions, but by anyone on sites like Amazon and Craigslist.

Retailers on Amazon list the Alpha s3 key, one of the most common hand keys, for as little as $19.99, or $24.98 if shipped.

“It’s amazing what they’re talking about online,” Stratton said. “They have forums to discuss these highly illegal methods.”

In some instances, he said, FRF members have reported in-house hand keys being stolen and resold on the black market. Some, she said, have sold for as much as $1,000.

According to Stratton, some companies have begun to employ people who purchase hand keys from the black market to take them out of circulation.

Lake Wales Police Department sees these methods as a commitment to criminal activity they must do all they can to combat.

“Some people go to work every day feeling good about doing their job the best they can,” Schulze said. “Some go to work thinking how they can be the best criminal.”

Schulze said his department will communicate with other law enforcement agencies whenever new criminal tactics, like hand keys, pop up.

 

Man said he chugged stolen beer in store’s bathroom, making it a freebie

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Randy Colby thought beer at CVS would be on the house if consumed in the store bathroom, but instead he was taken to jail on Sunday night, according to Gainesville police reports.

sfl-flduh-beer-stores-bathroom-20141006-001The 51-year-old Colby had already received a free pass earlier that day after a manager at the same CVS at Southwest 13th Street and 16th Avenue saw him urinating in front of a store window.

On Sunday at 9:20 a.m., a store manager called the Gainesville Police Department after she spotted a very drunk Colby relieving himself in view of customers. The officers would have needed to actually see Colby urinating to charge him with exposure of sexual organs. They summoned an ambulance instead, according to Officer Ben Tobias, a GPD spokesman.

About 12 hours later on Sunday night, GPD officers were again called to the CVS after another store manager saw Colby steal the beer. Colby told officers he consumed the beverage in the bathroom so that he did not have to pay for it, according to a GPD report.

Colby was taken to the Alachua County jail on suspicion of petit theft and trespassing.

 

Man threw shoes at deputy who arrested his girlfriend

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A 36-year-old Fort Walton Beach man allegedly threw a pair of shoes at a deputy because he was upset that his girlfriend was being arrested.

sfl-flduh-shoes-deputy-girlfriend-20141006-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were originally called out for a domestic abuse case on Sept. 26, according to the arrest report. During the call, David Andrew Barnette became upset that his girlfriend was being arrested for domestic violence.

Barnette “aggressively clenched his hands in an aggressive manner” and repeatedly told deputies they didn’t have to arrest the woman, the report said. He was looking for a pair of shoes for the woman and “pacing angrily in the house.”

He got a pair of shoes and approached a waiting deputy in an “angry/upset way,” according to the report. He said the deputies did not have to take his girlfriend to jail and “swung/threw the pair of Croc style slip on shoes” at the deputy, hitting him in the chest.

Barnette’s hands also made contact with the deputy, the report said. Barnette was taken into custody due to his “aggressive behavior.”

He is charged with battery on an officer or firefighter.

 

Couple charged with having public sex at retirement community

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A second couple in the past four months has been busted for having sex out in public at the retirement community The Villages.

sfl-flduh-couple-sex-retirement-20141006-001Cops were called out the scene near one of the town’s entrances around 8:40 a.m. to reports of “two naked people making out,” according to the report.

When police arrived they found the couple — Charm Gilbert, 40, and James Adams, 47 — “having sexual intercourse within direct view of the public” with the nude woman “lying on an electrical box with her legs spread open,” according to the police report. The man was also naked.

Once they got dressed, Adams reportedly told police they were having sex there because they had nowhere else to go. The pair lives a couple miles from the community that calls itself “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown.”

The two were each charged with indecent exposure and disturbing the peace.

Back in June, a woman and her younger lover were caught having sex in The Villages town square.

 

Nothing to see: Invention aims to stop rubbernecking September 12, 2014

Filed under: Beautiful,Interesting,OK Then .....,Uncategorized,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:32 pm

1410293934000-trafficGetting caught in a traffic tie-up after an accident was the inspiration Carl Cannova needed to invent a device to stem the typical gawking by other motorists.

“A moment of getting frustrated with rubbernecking,” Cannova said.

About four years ago, Cannova started working on a portable screening device for law enforcement designed to thwart drivers’ penchant for wanting to see an accident scene.

The SRN 1000 privacy, safety and security barrier system comes in a portable bag, three tripods unfold, weather-resistant screens are added. ”

We’ve had these in winds of 30 miles per hour,” Cannova said.

Turrets help adjust the position on a 6-foot-by-12-foot screen to use at accident scenes.

“It’s easy to put up easy to put away done quickly,” said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. She was so impressed with Cannova’s system she bought two for her department at $2,299 each.

“What this does is protect the victim in these cases more than anything allows traffic to flow a lot smoother,” said DiPino.

Cannova added, “Keeps people from taking pictures putting on Facebook and Twitter.”

But would the barriers alone act as a distraction for drivers?

“You can’t see anything; you can’t begin to pay attention to what’s going on,” DiPino said.

Law enforcement agencies are using the screen at crime scenes, too. In April, Manatee sheriff’s deputies used the barriers to block the view of a bank robbery suspect who shot and killed himself during a shootout with deputies.

“(The device) allows crime scene investigators to take their time, not rush want to clear out,” DiPino said.

The Manatee Sheriff’s Office also used the SRN 1000 at a public hearing to protect a witness’ identity.

He said the next design phase will including adding a rooftop so no one can look in from up above.

Cannova says more than a dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida, as well as medical coroners, hospitals, airports, hotels and even movie sets use his system. He said the SRN 1000 is being used in 20 states with more than 400 sold.

“It gives me chills I did something useful,” he said.

 

No, That Florida Inmate Was Not Covered In Eggs, Velveeta, Pudding, Or Paint September 11, 2014

Filed under: Interesting,OK Then .....,Uncategorized,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:26 pm

Analysts were split on whether Arie Patterson, 36, was covered in paint; eggs; mustard; creamsicles; pudding; Velveeta cheese; or even Big Bird ejaculate.

ariepattersonAccording to cops, however, the theft suspect is covered in Sabre pepper foam, which Broward County jailers use to gain compliance from uncooperative inmates. According to Dani Moschella, a sheriff’s spokesperson, Patterson was sprayed three times when he tussled with deputies seeking to fingerprint and photograph him.

“The foam is similar to pepper spray, but it doesn’t shoot as far, which is useful in close quarters such as a jail,” noted Moschella.

After the foam blasting, Patterson became cooperative. But he refused to be decontaminated or treated by emergency medical personnel.

“In an effort to safely and quickly complete the fingerprint and mug shot process and return him to his cell, deputies took his photo immediately,” said Moschella, who added, “They later took a new photo.”

Frankly, we preferred the Big Bird theory.

 

 
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