St. Johns County

The Brief – November 12, 2019

Image on the SJSO
Image on the SJSO

REC. STOLEN CAR-BURGLARY: SE District Deputies responded to a complaint of suspicious persons removing items from a property, and placing them in a truck. Once on scene, the deputies found the property had “No Trespassing” signs as well as a letter on file with the SJSO asking for persons to be removed/prosecuted who may be found at the location. The deputies discovered two men on the property and a white truck with items inside. When asked, the men stated they were cleaning the property for the owner and provided the first name of the person authorizing their efforts. As one deputy spoke with the subjects, another ran the tag and VIN on the truck. The tag came back registered to a subject in South Florida, while the truck came back as a stolen vehicle from North Florida. According to the report filed by Deputy A. Toubaili, the men were secured as they continued their investigation. The deputies found the tag in South Florida had been switched with another tag and was unaware of the tag change. The truck had been rented from a rental company and never returned. Deputies also discovered one of the men had provided a false name when asked for their personal information. After using the contact information on file for the property, the owner stated that no one had given permission for any “cleaning of the property” and no one had given permission for the men to be on the property. The subjects were arrested on a host of charges stemming from their actions and booked into the SJC Jail.

STOLEN VEHICLE/RECOVERY: A NW District resident called the SJSO after discovering his Chevy truck was missing from his driveway. According to the report filed by Deputy S. Clarke, the victim stated the truck was left unlocked and that he keeps the key in the vehicle. Also taken was the victim’s credit card and driver’s license. Several days’ later deputies located the truck abandoned in a parking lot several miles away from where the theft occurred. The deputy noted signs of the vehicle being “hot-wired.” Deputies collected several items that the owner stated were not his and submitted them for forensic analysis. The vehicle was not otherwise damaged and was returned to the owner.

BURGLARY-DRUG ARRESTS: SE District Deputies responded to reports of several subjects going in and out of a vacant condo. Additionally, the owners had complained about vandalism to the unit while they have been preparing it for renters. Deputies entered the condo and began “clearing” the rooms, and smelled the distinct odor of burnt Marijuana in the unit. A 21-year-old male subject appeared and met with the deputies as they continued their search. Two 16-year-old juvenile females were also located in the structure. According to the report filed by Deputy M. Lewis, the suspects advised they entered the vacant condo to smoke Marijuana, and often found vacant properties to engage in this activity. Deputies also found the kitchen incinerator had recently been used, in an apparent effort to destroy the remaining drugs as deputies announced themselves. All three were arrested for Burglary, while the 21 year-old also faces charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors, Evidence destruction and possession of Marijuana under 20 grams.

STOLEN MOTORCYCLE: A SE District resident reported his red 2017 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle was stolen between the night of the 7th and morning of the 8th. The victim stated the motorcycle was in the driveway the night of the 7th and was located missing around 10:00 a.m. the next morning. The vehicle was entered in the national database and at the time of this writing, has not yet been located.

EMPLOYEE THEFT ARREST: SE District Deputies responded to a retail store where an employee was suspected of taking money from a cash register over the course of several days. Deputies contacted the employee and advised the subject of his rights and asked if the individual was willing to speak with investigators. After explaining the reason for the contact and the allegations and evidence against him, the suspect stated that he had removed money in various increments during 14 separate events, in the amount of $990.00. According to the report filed by Deputy K. Everett, the suspect stated he would pay the money back if he could keep his job. The suspect was arrested for Grand Theft and booked into the SJC Jail.

CHILD NEGLECT ARRESTS: Deputies were contacted by a concerned citizen after finding a young child walking in the street. According to the report, the child was barefoot, wearing a saturated diaper and was in the middle of a thoroughfare street connected to US-1 South. Additionally, no one was in the area searching for the child. Deputies identified the residence of the child and determined the adults in the home had been drinking throughout the day and had fallen asleep. The adults were not able to provide a clear timeline for their actions and determined the child could have been unsupervised for one, or possibly two hours. Both of the adults were arrested for Child Neglect and booked into the SJC Jail.

EMPLOYEE THEFT ARREST: NE District Deputies responded to the report of a theft, which occurred when a cashier took the proceeds of the business and walked out. According to the report filed by Deputy J. Howell, the owner of the business stated another employee contacted him and stated the cashier had just left with approximately $9,000.00 (exact amount unknown) cash, a store phone, a tablet, and a checkbook. Initially, the deputy called the subject to inquire about the event and after a few inquiries, the subject hung up the phone. After additional calls, the subject agreed to meet with the investigator. The subject admitted to taking the items and stated she only did so because a subject in Mexico scammed her and instructed her to send them money. The suspect returned the store phone, and checkbook, and $174 in cash. The suspect also provided a receipt for the transfer of $2041.00 to Mexico. The tablet and outstanding amount of money is currently unaccounted for. The suspect was arrested and booked into the SJC Jail.

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