Pallets of cardboard becoming hot theft item www.privateofficer.com
NAPLES Fla May 31 2011 — Two Miami-Dade County men tried to cash in on the cardboard business, just not with their own property said Collier County Sheriff’s officials.
Sheriff’s deputies spotted a flat bed semi truck being loaded with bales of cardboard by two men around 2:30 a.m. Monday behind the Naples’ Costco, 6275 Naples Boulevard.
When deputies stopped and spoke with the suspects, later identified as Henry C. Burge, 53, and Blade Luckner Rosembert, 33, they asked to see a copy of the bill of pick-up and ran the truck’s tag.
A search on the tag showed that the semi tractor’s registration had expired in 2007.
Meanwhile, a call to a Costco manager revealed that the men were not affiliated with the company contracted to remove the cardboard bales, and that the suspects gave deputies a fake bill of pick-up for the 17 bales- worth $8,500 that they tried to make off with.
Burge, 53, of the 500 block of N.W. 45th Street, Miami, and Rosembert, of the 700 block of N.W. 121st Street, North Miami, were both charged with grand theft of $5,000 to $10,000.
Five others have been arrested in the past week for similar thefts.