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BSO BUSTS SHOPLIFTING RING $50,000.00 IN STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED

BSO Case Number: BS02-12-7504
PIO Number: 02-12-42
Date: Numerous dates since at least this past summer
Place of Occurrence: Numerous retail stores throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties

Victim(s):

  • Numerous retail stores throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties

Suspect(s):

  • Christopher Perrone, 50, 7/12/52, 11047 Long Boat Dr., Cooper City, FL
  • Sebastian Defabees, 54, 6/6/48, 9480 Poinciana Pl., Davie FL
  • Anitra Brockington, 25, 8/12/77, 3751 NW 4th Ct., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Tereska Smith, 19, 9/30/83, 5741 Fletcher St., Apt. 8, Hollywood, FL

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff's Office has busted a ring of crooks responsible for the theft of at least $50,000.00 worth of merchandise from retail stores throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties. Investigators say the crew operated out of a Hollywood store where the stolen goods were being sold and are behind dozens of thefts over at least the past six months.

BSO detectives say 50-year old Christopher Perrone, owner of CD City at 5930 Pembroke Road in Hollywood, and his manager, 54-year old Sebastian Defabees were trying to keep their business from failing. To do so, the pair purchased stolen CD’s, DVD’s, electronic equipment, and other items from a two female shoplifters, then sold the hot goods at deeply discounted prices.

Broward Sheriff's Office investigators got a break on December 16, 2002 when one of the women in the ring,
25-year old Anitra Brockington was involved in a traffic crash, she went to the hospital, her vehicle was towed, and the items inside were inventoried. Among those items was more than $2000.00 worth of stolen property and a firearm. Over the next few days, detectives determined that Brockington and 19-year old Tereska Smith were also part of the crooked scheme.

On December 19th, detectives went to CD City where they uncovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property and hundreds of counterfeit CD’s. Perrone and Defabees were arrested and during interviews with investigators, admitted to their part in the theft ring. Additionally, detectives say they have surveillance video from several stores in which Brockington and Smith can be clearly seen stealing various items.

Perrone, Defabees, and Smith were released from the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail pending trial. Brockington remains behind bars on $8,500.00 bond. All face numerous theft-related charges while this investigation continues and detectives say additional arrests are likely.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. R. Rossman & M. Sweeney, CI, D-1; Hollywood PD & Aventura PD
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 12/24/02 11:00 a.m.

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