Crime

Best Buy hit by alleged inside job

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local Best Buy is missing nearly $20,000 in cell phones.

Multiple iPhone, Droid and AP phones were stolen from the back stock area of the Best Buy store at the Avenues, according to a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The theft was described in the report as an, "employee theft," and is believed to have been carried out by an employee with access to the back stock area.

Further investigation by JSO and Best Buy personnel revealed an alarm in an emergency door was inoperable due to a dead battery, the report states. Anyone who opened the door would not have triggered the alarm to go off.

A surveillance camera in the back stock area was also inoperable during the investigation, the report details.

JSO does not currently have suspects in this case.

Men Charged for Breaking into Local Middle School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four Jacksonville men were arrested today after allegedly breaking into Twin Lakes Middle School on Point Meadows Drive.

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Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Communications Director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is facing a DUI charge in Bradford County.

Jail records show Abel Harding was arrested Saturday near U.S. 301 by the Hampton Police Department. He was booked on a DUI charge late Saturday, then released early Sunday.

Hookah Bar Sued for Serving Minor Involved in Fatal Accident

Hookah Bar Sued for Serving Minor Involved in Fatal Accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ali Baba, a Jacksonville hookah bar, is being sued for serving an underage drinker who was involved in fatal car accident.

The crash happened just after midnight November 14, 2010.  Maida Sy, 19, had a 12:30 a.m. curfew.  Maida was on her way home and only minutes away when her car was hit, and she was killed.

Police arrested 20-year-old Robert Tofson.  He is charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.   

"Somebody knock(ed) on our door at four o'clock in the morning and the horrible thing is it's the policeman," said Nida Sy, Maida's mother.

Sy said her daughter was her best friend.  She said the 2010 Sandalwood High School graduate had big plans for her life.  She was studying to be a pharmacist.

18-year old Arrested for Stealing from 6 Cars

18-year old Arrested for Stealing from 6 Cars

Tommie Stornes Jr. was arrested Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing him load stolen goods into a  vehicle and police found stolen property in his car.

Police were called to the Avistele Apartments on Creekfront Road where witnesses said they saw Stornes, 18, loading up a speaker box and two subwoofers into a Dodge Durango, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report. They also saw him go into a vehicle and take a car battery.

Walmart Shopper Arrested for Eating While Shopping, Not Paying

Walmart Shopper Arrested for Eating While Shopping, Not Paying

JACKSONVILLE- Fla. --  Jacksonville police arrested a Walmart shopper after store clerks noticed he took food, started eating it while shopping and never paid for it.

Henry Legg, 45, of Albany, Ga., was arrested on Sunday at the store on Philips Highway.

Store clerks told police they followed Legg around the store and that he took food items and alcoholic beverages, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.

The report says Legg took a cup of corn nuggets, a cup of chicken fried rice, a 6-pack of Mike's hard beer and a 4-pack of strawberry wine coolers.

Legg walked around the store eating and drinking the items, they said. They also told police that Legg opened packages of forks, cups, small honey mustard packets and a bottle of soy sauce, and used it on the food he was eating.