Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crime Briefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crime Briefs

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The following are reports of criminal activity primarily in northwest St. Johns County that were listed by the Sheriff's Office Feb. 28 to March 6.

STRING OF FISHING BOAT BURGLARIES

On Mar. 2 a man discovered someone had stolen his trolling motor and two fishing poles from his boat, which was on a lift over the St. Johns River in the 13000 block of Florida 13. He told police he had noticed a bass boat pull up next to his bulkhead and then around to his boat before circling his dock and driving away toward the center of the river.

The man said he was aware of several other people who had suffered similar burglaries recently along the waterfront. The deputy said in the incident report that a similar incident had been reported on Feb. 26 in the 200 block of County Road 13 South.

MAN LEAVES JOB, KEY; TAKES MONEY

The manager of a restaurant in the food court of a shopping center in the 2700 block of Florida 16 apparently decided to take the money and run. The business owner called police on the morning of March 1 to report that the man had not reported to work and that several hundred dollars were missing - $279 from a deposit that had not been made and $353 from the restaurant's petty cash.

The owner said she'd checked the man's apartment and discovered he had packed up his belongings and left, leaving behind only his work uniforms. Surveillance video at the restaurant showed the man putting the cash into a deposit envelope and leaving the business and then returning and putting his key on the desk before leaving again.

CLUES AT ONE BURGLARY LEAD TO SECOND

Officers responding to a burglary of a motor vehicle at a home on the 2100 block of Sandy Branch Place followed a trail of items the burglars had left behind only to discover a second burglary at another home on the same block.

An iPod Nano and a Motorola cell phone charger were all that were reported missing from the first vehicle, but a pill bottle and some other miscellaneous items were left in the yard. …

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