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Theft & Property Crimes Archives

Man allegedly hides stolen jewelry in his stomach

A Florida man is facing theft charges after a body scan revealed some unusual evidence in his stomach. The 21-year-old man was arrested on Dec. 11 after a report of a nearby home invasion. He was originally stopped by police for reckless driving, but officers became suspicious after they noticed that his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen in a home invasion in Safety Harbor.

Guilty pleas entered in Florida auto insurance fraud case

Four men who participated in an insurance fraud ring that has allegedly orchestrated numerous instances of theft by fraud since 2006 entered guilty pleas in a Florida court according to the U.S. Attorney working on the case. The charges were brought as a result of the fraud investigation that federal officials have dubbed Operation Sledgehammer.

Florida man facing theft charges after selling empty beer kegs

A Florida man is being charged with dealing in stolen property after selling four empty beer kegs to a Beverage Castle and attempting to sell eight more. He is also being held on charges of theft, burglary and aggravated assault on a police officer. The charges come shortly after his release from prison where he was serving time for charges of drug possession. Warrants for him had already been issued due to violation of probation.

Florida man faces charges following theft of battery

According to police, a Miramar man was found in a white van containing burglary tools and 15 car and truck batteries. He had allegedly been seen driving around a closed industrial park in Pompano Beach. He is facing a grand theft charge as a result of the discovery. Detectives stated that there have been several battery thefts around the Pompano Beach area since early May.

Florida cashier charged with theft

A Florida man has been arrested and charged with theft connected with his work at a prominent supermarket chain. Official charges include fraud and grand theft. He is accused of making fraudulent returns and activating Visa gift cards, pocketing cash as a result. He is said to have made at least 18 such transactions, totaling more than $800 in value. The activity is reported to have been ongoing since late March.

Florida man sentenced on data theft charge

A 39-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for theft of hospital data. The man had previously worked at an injury hotline. He was convicted of paying a husband and wife, who worked for Florida Hospital, to access patient data illegally and convey it to him. The case was rather broad in scope, with the theft of thousands of patient records occurring in a number of Florida hospitals. Those records, mainly of vehicle accident patients, were allegedly sold to the former injury hotline worker, who then used the information to solicit patients for lawyers and chiropractors that he was supposedly associated with. Some patients received referrals over the phone within a week of their hospital visit from callers with knowledge of their accidents. 

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