Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Weird Crime Wednesday: Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are serious business in Florida

(photo @ bbtoystore)

Port St. Lucie, Florida (again)

In the early morning hours of September 2, 2012, Walmart store manager Laura Daugherty was approached by a man with a gun holstered to his hip. Instead of a trying to rob her, however, he claimed to be a plain clothes police officer that was there to make an arrest. 

When she asked for identification, he quickly flashed a badge at her from his wallet. Showing far more cognitive awareness than most other Walmart store managers that I have encountered, Daugherty responded by explaining that she actually needed to see some identification; not just a badge.

At this point, the "officer" became frustrated and yelled "Nevermind! I'll just do it myself!"

Basically the passive aggressive version of this.

He then went over and promptly arrested a 14-year-old kid that was attempting to steal some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards...with handcuffs and everything. Unfortunately, the arresting officer forgot to tell the young thief to put his stolen items back as they both left the store.

Daugherty followed the pair and observed the fake officer taking the handcuffs off of the perpetrator. She then activated her trap card and began chasing the criminal duo through the Walmart parking lot. When she was unable to catch up to them, Daugherty called the Port St. Lucie Police department (who by now should have enough material to start creating their own sitcom).

The officers quickly tracked downed the criminal masterminds to a Friendly's restaurant. Realizing that they were running out of options, the pair made one more attempt to escape. In a last ditch effort at maintaining their freedom while still scoring some sweet booster packs, the fake policeman hurled his toy gun at the pursuing officers.

The police eventually caught up with the pair and arrested them both. The 14-year-old was charged with retail theft and resisting an officer, but was not named. The other subject, however, is 17-years-old, putting him at a legal age for internet embarrassment. Brandon Rhoads was charged with impersonating a police officer and resisting an officer. 

Bond and trial dates have not been reported at this time.

Port St. Lucie Police Deparment
If Rhoads does go to court, let's hope he doesn't
 refer to the court provided legal counsel as his "Duel Monster."

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