FLAG THIEF NABBED
- BSO Case Number: TM01-09-2497
- PIO Number: 01-9-25
- Date: September 20, 2001
- Time: 9:40 a.m.
- Place of Occurrence: North Lauderdale, Tamarac and elsewhere
- Matt Royko, male, 7105 NW 70 St., Tamarac
- Mary Cavello, female, 7103 NW 70 St., Tamarac
- Annette Pickelsimer, female, 6811 NW 74 Pl., Tamarac
- Jim Cocchioa, male, 7677 NW 88 Way, Tamarac
- 45 additional flag owners & the State of Florida
- Name withheld, 16, male, North Lauderdale
Description of Incident:
Charges are pending against a 16-year-old North Lauderdale boy who admitted stealing American flags from homes in northwest Broward so that he could resell them.
Forty-nine star spangled banners were found stuffed in the trunk of a car being driven by the opportunistic young thief, accompanied by two 15-year-old friends. The three are all students at Cyprus Run Alternative School. The discovery was made after North Lauderdale Police observed the vehicle, which matched the description of one involved in a criminal mischief (broken windows) complaint earlier this week. When officers stopped the car in the 7500 block of SW 4th Court they noticed two open bottles of beer on the front seat and a six pack on the rear seat. All three boys were arrested for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. During an inventory search of the car police found the flags. The 16-year-old suspect admitted that he stole them from houses in Coral Springs, North Lauderdale and Tamarac, hoping that he could sell them to patriotic bargain hunters at the swap shop in Fort Lauderdale. He said the other two boys were not involved in the thefts. All three were released to their parents’ custody.
BSO’s Tamarac District office had been receiving reports of stolen flags and had already launched an investigation, so North Lauderdale Police relayed their information to Tamarac (District 7) detectives. Investigators will confer with the Broward State Attorney to determine the most appropriate misdemeanor or felony statutes to utilize; however the youth has not yet been charged with stealing the flags.
The recovered flags, currently being held as evidence, will eventually be returned to their rightful owners.
- THIS REPORT BY: Det. J. Lee, Chief K. Dugger, Dist. 7 Jim Leljedal / PIO Det, Sinatra, Maj. A Lamberti, NLPD 9/21/01 1500