St. Johns County

The Brief – August 19, 2019



STOLEN BOAT W/TRAILER: SW Deputies responded to a location off of CR 305, where a Carolina Skiff boat and its trailer were removed from behind the victims business. According to the report, the 2001 17’8” boat and trailer was locked behind the warehouse area, but had been cut and the vessel removed from the property. The boat may have the name “Lilly Rose” on the exterior and was valued around $8,500.00.

THEFT OF STEAK: SW Deputies responded to a shoplifting call at a grocery store located along SR 16. When they arrived and spoke with the store loss prevention officer, they discovered the man, who was detained, allegedly place two packages of Ribeye Steak into his pants and then exited the store. Deputy S. Miller observed the store video which confirmed the incident and placed the suspect under arrest for the theft. The steaks were recovered, but were destroyed, given the circumstances surrounding the theft and potential contamination of the product. Upon interviewing the suspect, he stated he thought the store would only trespass him if caught, and not actually have him arrested for the offense. Subsequent to his arrest, he was also trespassed from the store, and then transported to the SJC Jail.

STOLEN CAR: A NW District Deputy responded to the report of a stolen car from a resident’s driveway. Upon meeting with the victim, the deputy was informed a subject who he only knew by his first name came to his house the night before his vehicle disappeared. The subject stated he needed a place to stay for the night and asked if he could stay at the property. The resident allowed the man to stay in a separate residence which existed on his property, discovering both the man and vehicle were gone the next morning. Investigators are following up on the man’s identity and listed the car as stolen in the national database. At the time of this writing, the car, a red 2014 Buick Verano, had not been recovered.

WARRANT-DRUGS-CARRY FIREARM CONV. FELON: Two deputies in the SW District entered a retail store along King Street and observed a subject making a purchase at the counter, who they knew was wanted for previous drug, fleeing and eluding, and probation violations. The deputies approached the man and secured him in handcuffs. While searching the man, they located MDMA, Marijuana, Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, drug paraphernalia as well as a loaded handgun on his person. The suspect, who is a convicted felon, was arrested on numerous charges, as well as, the existing warrant and taken to the SJC Jail.

STOLEN VAN-METH-HEROIN: The manager of a local company arrived at his workplace and noticed a subject exiting one of their work vans and running away into some nearby woods. He told Deputy J. Romer that the man appeared to be carrying a club as he fled. The manager pulled up the van’s tracking system and discovered the vehicle had been driven 147 miles overnight in various locations around St. Johns and Duval Counties. The manager also located a cell phone that did not belong to any of the company’s employees and provided the phone to Deputy Romer. The investigation revealed the owner of the phone, and the description provided by the manager matched the description of the owner of the phone. Deputies left the business and were following up on the incident, when the manager called back and stated the suspect was at their business, and wanted his phone back. Deputies returned and confirmed the man’s involvement in the theft and use of the van. The man stated he took the van to search for his motorcycle. While being secured deputies located substances which field tested for both Meth and Heroin on the suspect. He was taken to the SJC Jail without further incident.

STOLEN CAR ARREST: A NE District Deputy observed a Toyota Corolla pulling into a gas station near Davis Park, which had front end damage and a tire that was flat. Deputy D. Sorrells pulled in behind the driver and asked if he needed any assistance. The driver would not look at the deputy, but stated “I’m putting air in it now”. The deputy conducted a tag check on the vehicle, which came back as stolen out of a neighboring jurisdiction. The deputy confronted the man, who was now out of the car and on the opposite side of the car from where the deputy was standing and would not comply with commands to get on the ground. The man then fled on foot, with the deputy pursuing him. After a brief foot chase, the man was taken to the ground and a brief physical confrontation ensued. The man was eventually placed into handcuffs and secured. While being interviewed, the man confirmed his involvement by stealing the car in another jurisdiction and entering St. Johns County. The man was also found to be in possession of a woman’s Tennessee driver’s license, a females Florida ID card, numerous debit cards, and gift cards. Additionally, he was found to be in possession of 2 hypodermic needles and his driver’s license was determined to be suspended numerous times. He was arrested for the above violations and taken to the SJC Jail.

STOLEN CAR ARRESTS: Deputies took a report of a stolen car in the NW District, early Saturday afternoon. Several hours later, NW District Deputies encountered a vehicle matching the description in the parking lot of a truck stop located along CR 210 West. According to the report fled by Deputy M. Smith, he set up an observation on the car and witnessed to individual’s approach, and enter the vehicle. A felony stop was conducted on the car and the two subject secured. When searching the pair, deputies located a shirt stuffed down the pant leg of one of the men. The subject admitted to shoplifting the shirt while he was in the truck stop. Additionally, deputies located syringes in the men’s pant pockets with a liquid substance, which tested positive for Methamphetamine, and items that are commonly used to ingest/inject narcotics. The two men were also found to be in possession of various identification cards, credit cards and social security cards from different individuals. Both suspects were arrested on the charges appropriate to their involvement and taken to the SJC Jail. The car was returned to its rightful owner.

These are just 7 of the 3, 368 calls for service that were addressed last week by your SJSO. PLEASE, lock your doors, remain aware of your surroundings and have a SAFE week!

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