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Car Hopping Continues to be No. 1 Crime in St. Johns County

Car Hopping Continues to be No. 1 Crime in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.  -- It only takes a split second for a "car hopper" to get in and steal your valuables.

"In St. Johns County, it's been our number one crime  for the past couple of years," said Sgt. Chuck Mulligan.

"Car hopping" is the term for walking through a neighborhood or parking lot checking to see if cars have been left unlocked.

"They don't want to set off car alarms," said Mulligan. "They don't want to start dogs barking by smashing windows, so where ever they can avoid actually breaking into a car with physical force, they will simply go car hopping."

If a thief gets into a car, he takes whatever he can find. 

"They're going to look for the easy targets, and so if you don't take that extra step to make sure that your vehicle is not an easy target, these individuals could visit you," said Mulligan.

Police reports from Feb. 22, 2011

 

POLICE REPORTS

 

The following was compiled from police reports collected from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJCSO), St. Augustine Police Department (SAPD) and St. Augustine Beach Police Department (SABPD):

 

JAIL LOG

 

* Who: Barfield, John Randall, 48, Florahome. Charge: Contempt of court. (SJCSO)

 

* Who: Bass, James Lester, 45, Ponte Vedra Beach. Charge: Battery. (SJCSO)

 

* Who: Canty, Michael Anthony, 32, Palatka. Charge: Probation violation -- two counts. (Probation)

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Alcohol Compliance Detail, Feb. 11

As a continuing effort to combat underage drinking in the county, members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Unit conducted another “Alcohol Compliance Detail” this past Friday, 11 February 2011. The operation checked nine establishments in the St. Augustine area and at three of them the underage Investigative Aide was sold alcoholic beverages.

Police reports from Feb. 14, 2011

ST. JOHNS COUNTY

3 charged for selling alcohol to underage patrons: An ongoing effort to combat underage drinking in St. Johns County led to three individuals being charged for selling or serving alcohol to underage patrons.

Nine establishments in the St. Augustine area were part of the operation conducted Friday by members of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office youth services unit. In the cases a male and female younger than 20 went into the establishment to purchase alcohol. If requested, they would produce actual identification and state their age.

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Police reports from February 13, 2011

The following was compiled from reports from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJCSO), the St. Augustine Beach Police Department (SABPD) and the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC):

JAIL LOG

* Who: Bullard, Daniel Earl, 42, St. Augustine. Charge: Resisting officer, disorderly intoxication. (FWC)

* Who: Desario, Daniel Gregory, 28, St. Augustine. Charge: Failure to appear. (SJCSO)

* Who: France, Aaron Robert, 22, St. Augustine. Charge: Kidnapping -- false imprisonment, battery. (SJCSO)

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Police report: Feb. 12, 2010

The following was compiled from reports collected from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJCSO) and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

JAIL LOG

* Who: Berryhill, Marcus Andrew, 26, Elkton. Charge: Aggravated battery. (SJCSO)

* Who: Borgstahl, Gary Arthur, 47, St. Augustine. Charge: Driving under the influence. (SJCSO)

* Who: Conley, Jody Ronald, 33, St. Augustine. Charge: DUI, DUI with property damage. (FHP)

* Who: Hernandez-Marti, Luis Alexis, 25, St. Augustine. Charge: Operating while driver's license suspended, revoked or canceled. (SAPD)

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Police Report: February 11, 2011

The following was compiled from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJCSO), the St. Augustine Police Department (SAPD) and the St. Augustine Beach Police Department (SABPD):

JAIL LOG:

* Who: Carroll, Derrius Glen, 28, St. Augustine. Charge: Battery. (SJCSO)

* Who: Childers, Michael Steven, 27, St. Augustine. Charge: Shoplifting. (SJCSO)

* Who: Craggs, Erik George, 33, Lakeland. Charge: Sex offender violation. (SJCSO)

* Who: Creed, Tyler Clark, 24, Jacksonville. Charge: Drug equipment possession. (SJCSO)

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