Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Super Bowl Prostitution Sting Produces 9 Arrests at Complex

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Super Bowl Prostitution Sting Produces 9 Arrests at Complex

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office vice sting Super Bowl Sunday netted nine women ranging in age from 19 to 28 on charges of prostitution, after undercover officers called escort services and arranged visits in apartments at 10275 St. Augustine Road, where offers for sex were made, police said.

Undercover officers posing as customers arrested women from Jacksonville and Tennessee on the charges in separate stings between 9:30 and 11 p.m. All of the women were arrested on prostitution charges after they offered to perform sexual acts with undercover detectives for fees ranging from $200 to $800, police said. Three of the women also faced charges of unlawful exposure after undressing for the officers before or after their offers, police said.

Police said officers called escort services in Atlanta and Jacksonville, some advertised on business cards they found in local hotels.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office:

A 47-year-old Mandarin man lost $18,000, and a 67-year-old friend lost another $10,800 when they paid the money to a Jacksonville Beach man for Super Bowl tickets that they never received, police said.

The two Mandarin men were introduced to the ticket salesman in September, and paid him for a total of 16 game tickets, as well as paying another $14,600 from a friend for more. The salesman was supposed to provide the tickets on Sunday but never did, leaving the victims to buy new tickets from a broker for $63,800, police said.

The victims went to the police at 11 a.m. Monday to report the fraud, after none of their ticket money was reimbursed, police said. No charges have been filed yet in the case, and the Jacksonville Beach man has not been located.

Someone stole a white 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass at 7 a.m. Sunday from a driveway in the 11000 block of Irish Moss Drive, but not before driving it through a garage door, then backing up and hitting a Chevrolet and a Plymouth minivan parked in the driveway. …

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