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Tranell L. Smith, Coconut Creek, Florida Corrections Officer, Arrested for Official Misconduct

Tranell L. Smith, a Coconut Creek, Florida corrections officer was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of taking a video game system out of one of his charge’s homes, news sources indicate. Smith, 37, was booked into a Broward County jail on charges of official misconduct (corruptly performing duties) and He was later released on a $2,000 bail bond. It is not yet known whether he has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.

Reports say Smith had been with the Florida Department of Corrections for over five years prior to his arrest. His duties included checking on people who have been arrested or are awaiting trial. This sometimes involved visiting them at their homes. Following his arrest, the Department of Corrections issued a statement indicating that Smith’s role with the department was being reviewed.

Reports say Smith paid a visit to a defendant living at a Pompano Beach residence along the 200 block of Northwest 15th Court Street during the course of his employment. According to reports, the homeowners noticed a PlayStation 3 missing from their premises sometime after Smith visited. Officers with the Broward County’s Sherriff’s Department say they discovered the gaming system in the back of Smith’s Chevy Malibu.

In other theft-related news, police in Miami Gardens, Florida announced the arrest of one suspect who they believe was involved in a string of highly organized motorcycle thefts, reports indicate. Police withheld the name of the 17-year-old suspect; and, detectives are still searching for additional conspirators. It is unclear whether the suspect or his guardians have hired legal representation.

Reports say the thefts occurred at two locations across Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The thieves targeted two motorcycle shops: Dos Reis Motorsports in Miami and Broward Motorsports in Fort Lauderdale. The first theft occurred at Dos Reis, located along the 7800 block of Northwest 64th Street, sometime before 4:00 Monday morning. Surveillance cameras reportedly recorded a group of vehicles stopping at the store; one truck drove through a door while the occupants of another car acted as a lookout. The group of thieves then allegedly entered the shop and took two motocross bikes.

According to reports, the group’s knowledge of the building’s floor plan and what bikes to take suggest they were familiar with the store. “I got Harley-Davidsons worth $20,000 in here and they didn’t even bother those,” the owner of one of the targeted stores told the press. “They just went straight for the dirt bikes.”

The second robbery occurred at Broward Motorsports on the 1000 block of West Sunrise Boulevard, reports say. The method of breaking and entering caught on surveillance footage suggests that the robbers were the same ones from Miami, reports say. The group allegedly took five bikes but was forced to leave one of them behind during their escape.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested Monday in Miami Gardens. Reports say he had two of the stolen bikes in his possession. It is unclear what series of events led to his arrest.

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