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Grand Theft/Dealing in Stolen Property - Arrest

Post Date:07/09/2018 9:37 AM

CASE # MP18-43071

EVENT: Grand Theft/Dealing in Stolen Property - Arrest

DATE/TIME of EVENT: July 8, 2018 at 1:30 PM

LOCATION of EVENT: Downtown Melbourne - 800 Block of E. New Haven Ave

As a result of local interagency cooperation, assistance from the victims and local businesses, a suspect is in custody after stealing two standup paddle boards from a vehicle.

On July 8, 208 at approximately 1:30 PM, the victims were in Downtown Melbourne and when they returned to their vehicle, they discovered their standup paddle boards had been stolen. The victims advised the boards were locked by straps that had been cut off. One victim called a local friend of his at the Paddleboard House in Indialantic, Florida making him aware of the theft and asking him to keep an eye out for the boards. The victims also contacted the Melbourne Police Department who initiated a criminal investigation.

While MPD officers were on scene in Downtown Melbourne, the suspect entered the Paddleboard House in Indialantic in an attempt to sell the boards. The friend who had been contacted earlier, immediately called Indialantic Police Department (IPD) to make a report. Indialantic Police were able to arrive on scene and detain the suspect for investigation.

The victims went with MPD officers to the Paddleboard House and confirmed that the suspect was indeed trying to sell the standup paddle boards he had just stolen. During the course of the investigation, probable cause was developed for the arrest of the suspect. The suspect was placed under arrest for multiple charges from the Melbourne Police Department to include; Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, and Providing a False Statement to Law Enforcement. The suspect also faces charges from Indialantic Police Department in reference to multiple counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was transported to the Melbourne Police Department where he was booked and turned over to the Brevard County Jail.

The suspect would not have been arrested as quickly if not for the quick thinking of the victims, the awareness of local businesses, and local law enforcement teamwork. We are happy to be able to reunite the victims with their property valued at $6000. This case is another great example of the community working together with law enforcement resulting in a positive outcome for the victims. The Melbourne Police Department would like to remind its residents that if they see something, say something!

Justin D. Bye W/M
DOB: 09/19/1990
Last Known Address: 6152 Isla Street Melbourne, Florida 32904

The Melbourne Police Department is currently investigating this incident and more information may be available at a later time. If you have any information please call Crimeline: 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)
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