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BSO Makes Arrests after Stolen Goods Found on OfferUp

Date: June 27, 2017                                      PIO Number: 17-6-22

 

Twice this month, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies helped residents recover items that were stolen and then put up for sale on the app OfferUp.

On June 23, BSO Dania Beach detectives arrested Orlando Suarez Perez in the theft of a John Deere lawnmower. The mower had been taken a few days earlier from the carport of a Dania Beach home and was listed on OfferUp before the owner could even file an incident report.

BSO Detective Matthew Goodnow made arrangements to meet the seller at McDonald’s at 5530 S. State Road 7 in Hollywood where Perez showed up with the victim’s mower. The victim was able to confirm with “100 percent” certainty that the purloined mower was his based on distinctive markings he had documented.

Perez, who was taken into custody by BSO Detective German Bickbau, is facing six charges including grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license. Perez was released on bond.

On June 14, BSO’s Deerfield Beach Crime Suppression Team arrested Shawn Primus for stealing a personal watercraft. Primus had swiped a Sea-Doo GTX and posted it for sale on OfferUp. During an undercover operation, the team recovered the watercraft. Primus, who faces charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property, was released on bond.

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Reduce your chances of becoming a victim by following these safety tips.

BUY & SELL SAFELY

Use the parking lot of a law enforcement agency. Trades and purchases can be made in Broward Sheriff’s Office district lobbies and parking lots. BSO deputies will not facilitate sales. However, let BSO staff know you’re using the grounds for a safe-zone exchange.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

· Photograph and document your valuable belongings

· Record the serial numbers

· Add or note distinctive markings or colors

· Secure your belongings at all times

HOW TO RECOVER YOUR PROPERTY

· Immediately report the theft

· Check online marketplaces and pawn shops. Some popular online shops are OfferUp, eBay and Craigslist

· Rely on law enforcement. If you see your stolen belonging online, contact BSO or your local police agency to let them safely recover the item.

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THIS REPORT BY:

Joy Oglesby/PIO

Posted At: 06/27/2017 09:09 AM

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