Maximo Deherrera of Marion County, Florida was arrested for allegedly following a 10-year-old boy into a bathroom and taking pictures of him using a urinal, news sources report. Deherrera, 63, was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of video voyeurism. His bail was set at $20,000. It is not yet known whether Deherrera has hired a defense lawyer.
According to reports, the incident occurred a department store in Marion County. Deherrera and the victim were using the store’s bathroom when a witness, Peter Farley, allegedly saw Deherrera putting his phone under the side of a urinal divider; sources say Farley could see the phone’s flash going off. Farley confronted Deherrera about the photos, at which time Deherrera allegedly began to erase pictures from his phone.
Farley reported the incident to the store’s security and trailed Deherrera as he left the store. Police looked over surveillance footage taken at the store during a subsequent investigation; they reportedly saw Deherrera following the victim through the toy section and into the bathroom. It is not clear whether any photos were actually discovered.
Deherrera wasn’t the only person involved in a department store incident this past week. Detectives in Coral Springs are searching for a pair of suspects accused of shoplifting nearly 20 pairs of pricey shoes from a Burlington Coat Factory, news sources report. Detectives have released an image of the suspects and are asking for public assistance in identifying them.
Reports say the thefts occurred at the Burlington Coat Factory on West Sample Road in Coral Springs. The suspects allegedly brought Burlington Coat Factory bags with them into the store. Surveillance footage from the store shows one suspect pushing a cart with the other tailing close behind. According to police reports, the couple can be seen in the videos removing shoes from boxes, taking off the security sensors, and placing them into the Burling Coat Factory bags. The couple later left the store, reportedly taking 19 pairs of shoes with them. Sources say the shoes have an estimate value of $954.81.
Police have released a photo of the suspects and are hoping someone will be able to identify them. Anyone with more information is being asked to call the Broward Crime Stoppers hotline.
In other news, Lee Edward Debell of Port St. Lucie was arrested Monday after he was accused of growing marijuana plants in his back yard, reports say. Debell, 60, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on unspecified charges. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Sources say detectives received an anonymous tip about marijuana plants growing out in the open in Debell’s yard. Officers went to Debell’s home in the 4500 block of S.W. Calloway Street One to investigate the claim. They reportedly found a portion of yard surrounded by fencing; beyond the fencing, officers noticed four “well-maintained” marijuana plants, reports say.
Detectives knocked on Debell’s front door and confronted him about the plants. Debell admitted to growing the plants and said he knew it was foolish to grow them in such an exposed area. Detectives seized all four plants, which weighed around seven pounds, sources say.