Crime

Caught in the act! iPhone thief

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- An unknown suspect was caught on camera Valentine's Day taking a charging iPhone from a restaurant.

The victim and his wife were out to eat at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at 1940 Wells Road when he plugged his iPhone into an outlet where they were seated, according to a report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

When the couple left, the victim accidentally left his phone plugged in, the report detailed.

The victim returned to Buffalo Wild Wings, about 20-minutes later and the phone was gone.

The store manager provided the CCSO with surveillance video of the night in question, according to the report.

An unknown male suspect is seen on the video taking the phone from where it was charging. The suspect was wearing a black shirt ad brown shorts at the time of the theft.

Have you seen these alleged crooks?

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is searching for two suspects involved in two separate Wal-Mart thefts in Fleming Island.

The male suspect allegedly stole an LG television, an ASUS computer, JBL sound bar and several other smaller items, according to a report form the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The female suspect is accused of taking items, and tossing the loss prevention packaging into a ditch off C.R. 220, according to Clay County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mary Justino. The female suspect allegedly got away with two laptop computers, an Xbox gaming system and an Xbox game.

To contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office call 904-264-6512. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Police: Man attempted to hit deputy with car

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - A Jacksonville man is in custody following a high speed chase through two counties early Wednesday morning.

Terrell Devon Bennett, 22, was allegedly observed by deputies stopping in traffic, "for apparently no reason," according to a police report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies ran the tag on the red Toyota Corolla Bennett was allegedly driving and determined the tag did not match the car, the report detailed.

When deputies attempted to pull Bennett over, Bennett allegedly accelerated to 80 miles-per-hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone, according to the report.

Man sought for car burglary

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help identifying suspects related to a car burglary.

The suspects allegedly attempted to buy $248.05 worth of Xbox items from a Fleming Island Walmart with a debit card stolen from a car on River Point Drive, according to a report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Loss prevention employees at Walmart told the Clay County Sherriff's Office two males attempted to use the card, which was declined due the card being canceled, the report detailed.

Anyone who knows the identity of the or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

New twist in November 2012 murder case

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A wanted murder suspect is behind bars in Clay County.

Joseph Clark Thompson, 23, was arrested Thursday and is facing a first degree murder charge relating to the Nov. 2012 robbery and killing of 49-year-old Andrew Stiekman.

Thompson, along with 22-year-old John Buskager, allegedly robbed and killed Stiekman at the Rodeway Inn in the 300 block of Park Ave. in Clay County.

The arrest report for Buskager said Stiekman's room appeared to have been straightened and that his wallet, cell phone and van were missing. Buskager is facing second degree murder charges related to Stiekman's death.

Earlier reports on this case state, Thompson, Buskager and the victim, Stiekman had allegedly lived at the same address prior to the hotel incident.

OP Mall cleared after CCSO investigates bomb threat

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Shoppers and employees are allowed back into the Orange Park Mall after the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigated a bomb threat to the mall.

A call came in that there was a bomb in the mall and the caller said if deputies responded, they would open fire on them, according to CCSO Lt. Wolf.

No bomb or suspicious individuals were found during the sweep. During the sweep, the same caller called several times from the same number threatening the same thing.

Deputies checked the mall and worked with its staff to ensure the safety
of shoppers, according to CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino.

During the investigation, an announcement came over the public
announcement system for everyone in Sears and the surrounding kiosks to
evacuate.

Armed Robbery Suspects Sought

JACKSONVILLE, FL (April 9, 2012) - On Saturday, April 7, 2012 1:35 a.m., patrol officers responded to a robbery to a business at the Kangaroo Express located at 6621 Argyle Forest Blvd.