The Pembroke Park, Florida set of The Glades, a popular television series, has been robbed twice in the past month, according to reports. Broward County officials have purportedly announced that the two incidents have left the set out $23,000 worth of copper wiring and are asking the public to come forward with relevant information. The perpetrators are still at large, and could reportedly face charges of larceny of more than $20,000, burglary, and criminal mischief if caught and convicted.
According to repots, the first theft occurred on April 9th, 2012. Security cameras on the set recorded footage of two men driving a white Ford F-150 pickup truck into the set’s loading dock, loading $20,000 worth of copper cables from air conditioning generators into the back of the truck, and driving off. The second theft, which occurred on Monday of last week, was reportedly starkly similar. The security cameras again caught footage of two men, this time driving a red Ford F-150 pickup truck, stopping in the same spot as the pickup in the prior theft before two men got out and took $3,000 worth of copper cables, according to reports. It is not clear whether officials believe that the same two suspects were responsible for the thefts despite the change in truck color. In hopes that members of the public will come forward with information, Broward County officials have released the surveillance footage to media outlets.
South Florida metal theft is apparently a common problem, especially for restaurants and abandoned buildings. Copper, which yields about $3 a pound, is regularly stolen from air conditioners, reports indicate. Apparently local scrap yards are a big help in identifying metal thieves, as they often report suspicious metal sales to local authorities.
Ironically, the set that was allegedly a target of metal theft in this case is about a detective itself. The Glades, an A&E television series, follows a detective named Jim Longworth as he works for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on gruesome homicide cases. The show is slated to begin a third season this summer after enjoying two successful past seasons.
In another area theft case this week, a waitress at a Chili’s restaurant was apprehended after she allegedly stole credit card numbers from customers. 23-year-old Germithe Geffard was reportedly arrested and charged with possession of a scanning device in Coral Springs, Florida. It is not clear whether she has qualified for bail bond or has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to news sources, Geffrard has been accused of stealing approximately 50 credit card numbers from Chili’s customers between February and April 2012. The alleged infraction came to light when customers started to report credit card fraud taking place on their cards, according to sources. Authorities apparently believe that she accomplished this using an electronic scanning device that she hid in her work apron.
Sources indicate that Geffard told investigators during questioning that when scanning customer credit cards at her job at the Chili’s restaurant located at 1650 University Drive in Coral Springs, she would first scan them at the register, then scan them again using her electronic scanner. Reports denote that after Geffard allegedly collected the credit card information, an anonymous accomplice would retrieve them from the scanning device. The accomplice has yet to be apprehended.