Local Sears Stores Victimized by Pressure Washer Thieves

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Detectives are looking for two suspects believed to be in possession of several pressure washers that aren't theirs.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a customer at the Orange Park Mall Sears notified employees that two people were loading pressure washers into a Lincoln Town Car at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Upon reviewing surveillance video, detectives saw the suspects wheeling two display models out of the store and loading them into the car before driving off.

The washers have a value of $559.98.

An employee said the Sears at the Avenues Mall reported a similar incident Monday, with the same type of car and matching descriptions of the suspects.

If you know anything that can help in the investigation, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Couple from Georgia Held up in Parking Lot of Local Hotel

Couple from Georgia Held up in Parking Lot of Local Hotel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JSO detectives are on the hunt for an armed robber who held up a couple from Georgia at an area hotel.

Police said the couple were unloading their luggage into their car at the Embassy Suites on Baymeadows Road when a man armed with a gun came up and forced them to drive him to an ATM.

According to the police report, the man had a bandana covering his face. 

The report also notes the suspect forced the husband and wife, who are from Columbus, Georgia, to drive to the Bank of America on Baymeadows.

The couple told police the suspect said he needed the money because his mother has cancer.

The suspect forced the husband to withdraw as much money as he could out of his account.

Police say the suspect made off with $600 from the ATM and $350 in cash the couple already had on them.

Duval County Woman Arrested for Burglary in St. Johns

Duval County Woman Arrested for Burglary in St. Johns

A 63-year old Duval County woman was arrested on charges of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and grand theft auto late Monday afternoon.

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It took the jury two days to convict former JAXPORT vice-chairman Tony Nelson.

The guilty verdict came down around lunchtime on Friday.

Nelson is with his family and not available for comment.  But his attorney, Curtis Fallgatter, says he and Nelson are in disbelief.

"We're both just in shock. Just didn't see it coming. We thought the trial had gone very well. We thought we'd done a good job communicating the truth of his services to the Port," said Fallgatter.

Nelson was found guilty on 36 corruption-related charges, including bribery, mail fraud, money laundering and lying to the FBI.

The US Attorney's Office says Nelson demanded and accepted $143,500 in bribes between August 2006 and March 2008.

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on UNF Campus

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on UNF Campus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police at the University of North Florida are looking for two men they said were involved in an armed robbery Monday afternoon.

According to a release the school sent to students, the two men were playing basketball with the alleged victim, who is a former UNF student, when the pair asked him if they could buy drugs from him.

When the trio went to the victim's vehicle, the victim claims the men pulled a gun on him and made him give them his backpack, phone, and car keys in addition to the drugs they asked for before they ran away.

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.