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Ronnie Lee Gipson, 38, was wearing his security uniform about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday when he sold nine pills of the prescription painkiller oxycodone to an undercover officer for $120, Tampa police said.
Gipson was charged with felony armed trafficking minutes after the meeting at North Jasmine and East 108th avenues, records show. He was being held without bail at the Orient Road Jail today.
Officers seized three pistols from Gipson, as well as 46.7 grams of oxycodone, 23.8 grams of Xanax and $5,267 in cash, a report states.
Linda Carlo, a spokeswoman for the Parks and Recreation Department, said Gipson has been suspended without pay pending a pre-disciplinary hearing. He has worked for the city since 2003.
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http://www.privateofficer.com/– A Florida Aquarium employee was arrested and accused of using the businesses credit card machine to pay himself under the table, according to jail records.
The arrest report said Pollard A. Cobb Jr., 22, of 3221 Lancaster Lane, voided purchases to award refunds at least four times for a total of $14,999 and then swiped his own pre-paid debit card through the credit machine to receive the money.
He’s being charged with four counts each of grand theft in the third degree, fradulent use of a credit card and use of scanning device to defraud.
Cobb is being held at the Orient Road Jail on $24,000 bail.
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Police arrest 2 in credit card fraud http://www.privateofficer.com
According to officers, the two racked up quite a bill and were able to get away with their haul. Johnson, 20, and Lee, 18, spent $3,680.08, according to a report.
But then the next day, deputies say, they returned to the Sears with a friend, Tilliasha Philadelphia Williams, 17, and went on another shopping spree, spending $1,691.53 and using the same stolen credit card.
This time they were caught by loss prevention personnel, deputies said.
Johnson, of 13747 Susan Kay Drive, Tampa, and Lee, of 10613 Altman St., Tampa, both were charged with 10 counts of uttering a forged instrument, 10 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, five counts of grand theft – all felonies – and five counts of petty theft, a misdemeanor.
An arrest affidavit states that Williams was arrested and charged with a felony, but no further details were available because she is a minor.
Johnson and Lee were taken to Orient Road Jail. Bail for both was set at $51,250 bail.
Men charged with burglary http://www.privateofficer.com
Two men made off with about 50 pallets after crashing a pickup truck through the gate of a Tampa beverage plant early Sunday, police said.
The incident took place about 4 a.m. at the Cott Corp. bottling plant at 4506 E Acline Drive, police said.
A security officer saw a Chevrolet pickup truck crash through the gates, noticed two men get out and load about 50 pallets into the bed of the truck, then watched as the truck drove back through the broken gate.
A Tampa police officer saw the pickup truck as it headed east on E Seventh Avenue from N 50th Street, less than a mile from the plant. Two men — Brion Curry (left in photos), 47, and passenger Manuel Chapman (right), 60 — were arrested after a traffic stop. Police seized the pickup truck and the pallets.
Online jail records show both men are charged with burglary and third-degree grand theft.
Busch Gardens manager arrested for theft of $113,000 http://www.privateofficer.com
Officers arrested Stephen Andrew Boucher, 28, at 4 p.m. Sunday.
On Sunday, a detective working in an extra-duty capacity was told that Boucher was stealing money from register tills. The detective worked with Busch Gardens’ loss prevention investigators, using security video to watch Boucher.
While Boucher was being watched, he stole $1,500 from three different registers, a police report states.
Boucher “also agreed to relinquish a quantity of the stolen money that he had hidden within his residence,” according to the report. “Defendant Boucher was transported to his residence,” where $6,217 was recovered.
Boucher was charged with scheming to defraud and grand theft of $100,000 or more.
Police say Boucher voided cash sales and removed the cash amount.
His actions “represented a systematic, on-going course of conduct intended on depriving Adventure Island/Busch Gardens of their money,” a criminal arrest affidavit states.
Boucher has been a supervisor of operations at Adventure Island since June 2007 and has been employed by the park since February 2003, according to Busch Gardens spokeswoman Jill Revelle.
He has been suspended, she said.
“Busch Entertainment Corporation has zero tolerance for theft and takes these matters very seriously,” Revelle wrote in an e-mail to the Tribune. “We are working closely with the Tampa Police Department to help them determine the circumstances of this situation. The ongoing investigation restricts us from making further comments at this time.”
Boucher’s bail was set at $30,000. He has been released.
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Deputies arrested two teenagers Friday morning after they burglarized Durant High School, smashed vending machines and broke into students’ lockers, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office say that they were called by a security patrol officer who had spotted several subjects breaking into the school.
Riley James Reynolds, 18, of 809 Jerry Smith Road and Anastasios Mastorides, 17, of 2814 Laurel Leaf Drive were charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
Investigators said the teens entered the school at 4748 Cougar Path in Plant City about 3:18 a.m. through an unlocked window and went into the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms.
Responding deputies surrounded the area where the security officer had seen them flee to and Deputy James Woods and his dog, Cowboy, tracked the teens to a nearby orange grove, where they were found inside a vehicle and arrested.
Reynolds was taken to Orient Road Jail. Mastorides was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center, officials said.
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