- December 18, 2015
Thief steals purse from car floorboard, doesn't bother with $10,000 of photo equipment in trunk
8:35 p.m. 6400 block of N. Oceanshore Boulevard. Car break-in: A 28-year-old woman told a deputy that she and her photography clients both parked their cars in the parking lot of a state park at about 7:30 p.m., but when they returned at about 8 p.m., the driver's side rear passenger window of the photographer's white 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee had been bashed in, and her black Coach purse was missing. She'd left it sitting on the floorboard behind the driver's seat, and it contained a pair of Rayban sunglasses, plus credit cards, cash and makeup, according to a Sheriff's Office report. Altogether, about $740 was stolen. Meanwhile, the thief didn't touch the approximately $10,000 worth of photography equipment in the Jeep's trunk. And the client's car — which had been left unlocked, with the keys and a phone sitting on the seat — also was not burgled.
What's that smell? Deputy smells 'strong odor,' finds marijuana stashed inside a sock
12:40 a.m. 500 block of East Moody Boulevard. Petit theft: A deputy was patrolling the parking lot of a gas station on East Moody Boulevard when the deputy saw an empty car sitting at one of the pumps, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The deputy ran the tag number, and it came up as stolen. A man walked out of the convenience car and began pumping gas, and when the deputy asked him if that was his car, the man said it was. The deputy secured the man, a 28-year-old, and called for backup. There was a "strong odor coming from within the vehicle," and the deputy found — inside a string bag hidden inside a sock — "a clear baggy containing a green leafy substance and a brown wooden smoking apparatus containing presumptive cannabis residue." The man told the deputy he'd bought the car a week ago, and the deputy told him the tag had been stolen March 27, long after that. Then the man said he'd "found the tag lying on the ground," and stuck it on the car since it didn't have a tag when he bought it. The deputy arrested the man for petit theft, possession of under 20 grams of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.