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SUBMERGED METERS SURFACE IN POMPANO BEACH

PIO Number: 02-2-9 Dates: Feb. 5, 2002 / late November 2001 until January 24, 2002 Places of Occurrence: C-14 canal, N. 62 Street & Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach; areas in Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano Beach, and the
  • people of south Florida

Suspect(s):

  • Herbert Raysin, 32, 2/9/69, 4265 NW 5th Ave., Oakland Park, FL 33309

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff's Office Dive Team recovered dozens of parking meters – believed to be stolen -- from a Pompano Beach canal today.

The underwater recovery operation was launched in response to a call from a fisherman who noticed the meters at the bottom of the C-14 Canal at 62nd Street and Dixie Highway. A four-member dive team spent 90 minutes in the water and recovered 56 meters plus assorted parts, including empty change cups and posts. The meters were scattered across the canal bottom in depths ranging from one to 18 feet. All of the devices were tagged as evidence, assuming that they are some of the meters reported stolen in the cities of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

Last month, we said the crime spree of an Oakland Park man with a penchant for parking meters expired when investigators charged 32-year old Herbert Raysin of Oakland Park with grand theft.

In late November 2001, Raysin reportedly began using a pipe cutter to remove parking meters from their poles. The meter menace confessed to stealing 144 parking meters and was arrested on January 24, 2002.

With each meter valued at approximately $300.00 and each device capable of holding as much as $40.00 in change, Raysin’s run of thievery caused nearly $49,000.00 worth of damage and lost revenue. Raysin, arrested previously for stealing, is being held without bond for violating his parole, and faces grand theft charges.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Dep. J. Sanderson, Marine Unit Jim Leljedal / PIO 2/5/01 1700

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