Man accused of stealing $23K worth of cell phones from employer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have arrested a manager of a cell phone store for allegedly stealing forty cell phones valued at more than $23,000, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

One of two owners of the AT&T store at 10131 San Jose Blvd. called the Sheriff's Office and told deputies one of his employees stole forty cell phones from the company over the past four months.

Police arrested Darren Pith, 34, and charged him with employee theft of $20,000-$99,000. 

The store owner said the suspect was transferred to manage the store at 13280 Old St. Augustine Rd. prior to them realizing he stole the phones from the other store.

Police say they interviewed Pith who told them he took the cell phones and sold them to a white male called Mike in the parking lot at Baymeadows Road and Old Kings Road. He told police he found Mike on Craig's list. Police say he wrote a statement admitting to taking the phones.

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How Common is Crime Where You Live: Part 1 & 2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may live in a pretty popular area of town, but that doesn't mean you and your family are protected from crime.

In part-2 of Joy Purdy's special report, she took a closer look at some of the most popular places to live in Jacksonville, and the number of times you and your neighbors have called police this year (January - October, 2011) to report crimes in your community.

She examined specific types of common crimes: Home burglaries, robberies (to homes and individuals), car burglaries, and criminal mischief.

You can also crunch the numbers yourself.

Through the links below, check out the number of calls residents made about any type of crime this year to the sheriff's offices in Jacksonville, St. Johns County, Clay County, and The Orange Park Police Department.

Match the area (police zone) from which a particular crime was called into police, to the related sheriff's office zone map.

Man Jumps on Bank Counter and Demands Cash

Man Jumps on Bank Counter and Demands Cash


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s responded to an armed bank robbery Monday morning in Mandarin.

According to a police report, deputies were called to the Fifth Third Bank at 6450 St. Augustine Road around 11 a.m. following a report of an armed robbery.

Lewd Suspect Targeting Children, Exposing Himself

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A series of lewd incidents over the past several months ranging from Mandarin to Mayport has police looking for one person.

According to a news release from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson Melissa Bujeda, the first incident was in September 2010.

In all incidents, the suspect drove alongside the victims in a newer model Black Volkswagen Beetle and began talking to them.

Then, the suspect exposed himself as he masturbated, Bujeda indicated.

The victims were between 11 and 16 in most of the incidents, though the victim of the most recent is 20-years old.  All are females.

The incidents happened between 3:25 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the following locations:

Armed Robbery String Strikes throughout the Southside | VIDEO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police think a series of recent armed robberies from Mandarin to Arlington has enough in common that they may be connected.

According to a statement from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson Melissa Bujeda, the suspects were captured on surveillance video in a robbery Sunday.

The robbery happened just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the C&C Discount Store at the corner of Old St. Augustine and Hartley roads.

The clerk reported seeing one person enter the store and immediately walk quickly to the back. She told police she started walking that way when three other males walked in from the back and the first suspect put a gun to her head, grabbed her throat and demanded money from the register and her purse.

All four then fled out the back door.

Two of the suspects were caught on a surveillance camera coming and going. Their faces are covered with masks.

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Communications Director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is facing a DUI charge in Bradford County.

Jail records show Abel Harding was arrested Saturday near U.S. 301 by the Hampton Police Department. He was booked on a DUI charge late Saturday, then released early Sunday.