Sting Operating Nets Two People in Craigslist Boat - Trailer Scheme

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Investigators conducted a successful “sting” operation in connection with a scheme that involved the theft of local boat trailers

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Ft. WALTON BEACH, Fla. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Investigators conducted a successful “sting” operation in connection with a scheme that involved the theft of local boat trailers.

42-year old Roger Dale Belcher of Niceville and 34-year old Michelle D. Glass of Defuniak Springs are charged with Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property.

During the investigation it was discovered that Belcher and Glass were traveling throughout Okaloosa County photographing boat trailers, which belonged to unsuspecting victims. The two then used the photos to advertise the trailers as their own, for sale on the internet website “Craigslist”.

The two suspects would answer Craigslist inquiries as “Scott or Rick Black”, and negotiate the sale of these trailers. During the controlled operation, investigators answered one of Belcher and Glass’
Craigslist ads and negotiated for the purchase of a trailer which they did not own.

While conducting surveillance, investigators observed Belcher and Glass arrive at an area where the trailer was stored, then watched as the suspects cut the lock which was in place to prevent the theft of the trailer. Belcher and Glass provided the communicating investigator with a meet location to finalize the transaction. They were taken into
custody. The investigation continues.


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