Cops had no hassle this week nabbing an alleged alligator meat thief — thanks partly to his College of Florida Gators novelty license plate that led them to his doorstep, police mentioned.
Very-Florida man James Ellison, 30, was busted Tuesday by Port Orange police at his residence, the place they are saying they discovered a veritable ocean’s value of stolen seafood in his storage, together with gator tail meat, tuna steaks and crab, in accordance to an arrest report obtained by the Daytona Seaside Information-Journal.
The house owners of Port Orange Seafood reported on April 30 that somebody busted into its exterior freezers and made off with the fishy haul, police mentioned.
Investigators shortly recognized Ellison as a suspect within the alleged heist after contacting deputies in Volusia County, the place he was arrested for burglarizing a ship in April, the newspaper studies.
Video obtained by Volusia County deputies throughout their investigation confirmed that Ellison was driving a Hyundai with a Florida Gators license plate on its entrance grill on the time of the alleged boat housebreaking.
The footage additionally confirmed Ellison had a particular tattoo of his daughters’ names on his hand, deputies mentioned.
Port Orange police noticed that very same tattoo and the Florida Gators license plate in video surveillance footage from the seafood retailer, in accordance to an arrest report.
Ellison’s spouse later confirmed his id and accused him of stealing from the shop a number of different instances. She additionally mentioned Ellison had stolen firearms, fishing gear and different objects from individuals’s entrance lawns, police mentioned.
Detectives executed a search warrant at Ellison’s residence Tuesday after studying that he had allegedly bought among the stolen property at pawn outlets in Holly Hill, police mentioned.
Ellison, who was charged with two counts of armed housebreaking, remained jailed Wednesday with out bail, the newspaper studies.