Crime

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Arrest Made in St. Augustine Graffiti Case

Arrest Made in St. Augustine Graffiti Case

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- On Friday, police made an arrest in connection with the defacing of an ATM at Dennys' among other places.

Hudson Patrick Crace was arrested and charged with 14 counts of misdemeanor graffiti and one count of felony graffiti. 

The St. Augustine police department responded to a call at Denny's restaurant and found an ATM machine there vandalized with graffiti and the word "DURU."

"Prior to this incident there were 14 locations where vandalisms were also reported, and those investigations revealed graffiti of DURU," according to a statement from St. Augustine Police Department.   

Police tracked down Crace through a Denny's server who identified a group of customers who were there the same night the vandalism took place. The group had paid with a credit card and once police found the owner of the card, he was questioned and led police to Crace.

Two Child Pornography Arrests in St Johns County

Two Child Pornography Arrests  in St Johns County

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit arrested two St. Johns County men in unrelated child pornography charges over the past 24 hours. The first suspect, identified as Frank Douglas Pritchard, 40, a former Corrections Officer for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, was located in Alachua County Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshal’s and taken into custody. The second, identified as William Hardy Moore Jr., 49, 4709 Avenue B, was arrested today (Thursday) after a search
warrant was executed at his home.

Business Owner Offers $1,000 Reward for Info on Taggers

Business Owner Offers $1,000 Reward for Info on Taggers

The recent wave of graffiti in the Historic Downtown area and Lincolnville area is costing St Augustine residences, property managers, and business owners thousands of dollars in restoration.

Young’s Masonry Car Burglary Suspects

Young’s Masonry Car Burglary Suspects

Two male suspects are being sought in connection with a burglary to several vehicles at a business in the 200 block of S.R. 207 that occurred last weekend. The investigation revealed that the two suspects entered the property of Young’s Masonry between Saturday evening at 11:00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 1:00 a.m. While on the property the two suspects entered multiple vehicles and among the property taken was a construction grade laser, a Bosch block saw and a portable skill saw.

Possible Meth Lab Investigation

Deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff's are investigating a possible Meth lab Tuesday afternoon at an apartment in the 600 block of W. Pope Rd.  At least two deputies were exposed to dangerous and volatile chemicals after responding to the apartment.  Two people inside the apartment were also exposed and all had to be decontaminated by Fire/Rescue Haz-mat personnel.

Deputies evacuated residents in several adjacent apartments as detectives with the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit continue the investigation.

St. Johns County Man Arrested for Sale of Methamphetamine

St. Johns County Man Arrested for Sale of Methamphetamine

A 27- year old St. Johns County man was arrested Friday morning on outstanding warrants for sale of Methamphetamine. He faces additional charges when detectives located materials inside his home to produce Methamphetamine. The suspect, identified as Thomas Anthony Trapini Jr., 27, pulled up to his home in the 100 block of Plantation Point Dr., at 10:00 a.m. Friday, as detectives began to serve a search warrant for the home.