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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Florida the rules are different here Chapter CXIII

Thieves steal air conditioning parts from a Tampa home, and they bring along their one-year-old son. Maybe they had to steal in order to afford a babysitter. Don't you just love Florida?

Linked to- Bullwinkle, Cao, Morewhat, Outside the Beltway, Perri Nelson,

TAMPA - Just before midnight Monday, Tampa Police say they had an undercover squad staked out near 4610 N. Central Avenue.

They wound up nabbing four suspected burglars and a surprise – a baby on board the getaway car that crashed into a police car.

The officers were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle, according to Tampa Police records, which offer the following account:

The officers – members of Squad 332 – set up surveillance on a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix.

After a short wait, the officers saw three men carrying air conditioning parts out of George Defour’s residence and back to the Pontiac.

When police confronted the three, they ran. Two were caught immediately and a third fled into a nearby residential area. He was found after a brief search by a K-9 unit.
Police did not immediately have information about the order of arrest.

As the search was unfolding, the Pontiac’s driver, April Renee Ellison, 24 of 12708 N 19th Street, Tampa, hit the gas.

Her escape attempt didn’t last long. The Pontiac sideswiped an unmarked police car.

As officers took Ellison into custody, they looked inside the car and found a 1-year-old.

Police records do not indicate whose child it was, or whether it was a girl or boy. Police spokeswoman Kristin Molina said that information would not be available until later in the day, when the squad, which works the night shift, returns to work.

Ellison was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and multiple counts of burglary and grand theft.

A man who lives at the same address as Ellison - Travis Trayun Jupiter, 21 – was also arrested, along with John Robert Moore, 24, of 3303 E. Commanche Road in Tampa and a 13-year-old.

Ellison is in the Orient Road Jail on $17,500 bond, Jupiter is jailed on $14,500 bond and Moore is jailed on $11,000 bond, according to jail records. The 13-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center, according to Tampa Police spokeswoman Kristin Molina.

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