The Bizarre World of Florida

Thieves butt-dialed victim, left voicemail detailing crime February 24, 2015

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.


Man accused of urinating on books at library

A homeless man was arrested by Lake County deputies after they say he urinated on books at the public library.

wilson-jpgBenjamin Wilson, 24, has been charged with criminal mischief and disorderly intoxication in the Saturday incident at the Tavares Public Library on New Hampshire Avenue.

Deputies said library staff contacted them after seeing Wilson fall out of a chair he was sleeping in, stumble around the library and urinate on a set of books in between the bookshelves.

The books that were damaged were valued at more than $1,000, according to the report.

Wilson was booked into Lake County Jail on $2,500 bond.


Man breaks into woman’s apartment, takes her cellphone, snaps a picture of her in the shower, and uploads it to Facebook February 23, 2015

intruder22n-2-webPolice in Altamonte Springs say a man walked into a woman’s apartment, stole her cellphone and took a picture of her while she was in the shower this week.

While police were on scene, the intruder then posted that picture to the victim’s Facebook account, police said.

“Having someone actually in your apartment while you are taking a shower is quite scary honestly,” Altamonte Springs police spokesman Rob Pelton said. “Going to get a victim’s cell phone and having the gall to stand inside of a residence that you have broken into to steal someone’s cell phone and use it to take a picture of them in the shower is unheard of.”

Residents like Sheila Hudgins are taking precautions.

“I keep the blinds closed. I don’t even open them in the day time I keep them closed all day,” Hudgins said. “When they get opened it’s because I’m opening them to go outside.”

Police believe the same man has been spotted masturbating while peering inside residences. Two incidents have been reported in the past week.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 9, wearing all dark clothing and blue jeans.

The first incident occurred Feb. 13 at 1:15 a.m. at the Lotus Landing Apartments. The second incident occurred Wednesday at 11 p.m. at the Ashford of Altamonte Springs Apartments.

Residents in apartment complexes south of Sunshine Lane and north of Gateway Drive on the west side of State Road 434 are told to be extra vigilant.

Anyone with information is asked to call to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.


Two injured in shooting at the ironically named Fun Spot

funspotA shooting at a local theme park Saturday night left two people injured with gunshot wounds, according to Orlando police and fire officials.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. at Fun Spot America on Del Verde Way, Orlando police Lt. Miguel Garcia said.

An adult male was shot in the shoulder and a teenager was shot in the foot, said Keith Maddox, assistant fire chief.

Both victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Initial reports from witnesses indicate a man was running through the park shooting at people, Maddox said.

Based on descriptions provided by witnesses, officers were able to find the 21-year-old gunman, who then fled on foot, Garcia said. Officers captured the suspect after a brief foot pursuit.

Jamal Dion Lafortune was arrested on aggravated battery with a firearm, possession of a firearm/ammo by convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public and resisting an officer without violence charges.


He stole tires — and wouldn’t tire of trying to run

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.


Deputies looking for meth lab, find moonshine still instead

Hillsborough Sheriff’s detectives investigating a possible meth lab at a Plant City home found a moonshine still instead.

moonPolice say on Feb. 19, around 5:30 p.m., detectives were searching a shed at the home on Edwards Road when they found the moonshine still under an overhang which was part of the shed.

635600342982631340-Moonshine-pic-20They found a red, plastic 50-gallon barrel which contained fermenting corn mash and strawberries, and a white plastic barrel which contained a copper (worm) tubing.

In addition, detectives found some meth lab making items, but did not find a operational lab on the property.

Donnie Jones, 26, was arrested for four counts of violation of probation. Additional charges for the still are pending.


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.



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