Florida police say three men broke into homes while wearing GPS ankle monitors: ‘Organized burglary ring’

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HOLLYWOOD, FL –Years ago, there was a television show named the “World’s Dumbest Criminals” that aired from 2008 until 2014.  The show highlighted criminals who made the dumbest mistakes while committing crimes, like one where a would-be robber did not notice there was a uniformed police officer standing inside the store prior to pulling his gun. 

If the show was still on today, these three people who conducted a string of burglaries, all while wearing court ordered GPS monitors, would certainly be a part of the show.

A group of at least three criminals thought they were smart as the allegedly committed at least thirty residential burglaries. 

Throughout their crime spree, the criminals thought they would get away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, guns, and other stolen items.  Although, if they would have had a little intelligence, they would have at least had a shot at getting away with the crimes, if they were not wearing GPS monitors.

The multi-agency investigation, ran by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood Police and Margate Police Departments, joined forces to solve the series of crimes. 

As probable cause was developed, three arrest and search warrants were authored and approved by a judge. 

Officers from the agencies involved had to execute all warrants simultaneously, probably out of concern that by doing one at a time would afford the criminals a chance to escape or destroy evidence. 

Police said that the three criminals, Zion Odain Denvor Hall, Tyrek Davontae Williams, and Tremaine Raekwon Hill, were all arrested for the burglary string. 

Their arrest did not stem from some brilliant police investigation, (not a slight to the officers), but rather the tracking of the court ordered GPS monitors they were wearing while out on pretrial release.

Officer Christina Lata, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department said the alleged criminals had “committed these crimes while already on pretrial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors.” 

Police said that the trio is “believed to be a part of a criminal organization committing burglaries, armed burglaries, fraud, gun thefts, and other criminal acts throughout South Florida.”

Officers were able to follow the alleged criminals via historical GPS records which placed them at each of the crime scenes.  It was probably the easiest case to crack since the GPS placed them where each house was burglarized as well as where they went afterward to get rid of the stolen property.

Police were able to recover over $150,000 dollars in cash, firearms, cellphones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, ammunition, fraudulent credit and debit cards, blank checks, and a stolen vehicle. 

Regarding the credit and debit cards, they were most likely termed as fraudulent because they had someone else’s personal identifiable information imprinted on the credit card, but the name of the suspect printed on the front. 

This is a method used by identity thieves after they have hacked a victim’s personal information.  The criminal imprints someone’s bank information and creates a credit card with their name on it. 

That way they can use the credit card with the stolen information without raising suspicions while really charging a victim’s account instead of theirs. 

The men who were arrested on August 14th were charged as follows:

Hall is charged with 35 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.

Williams is charged with 25 counts of burglary, grand theft and racketeering.

Hill is facing 19 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering. 

According to Hollywood Police, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said:

“This organized burglary ring stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns, jewelry and electronics from dozens of Florida homes.

They must have thought they were pretty smart, but clearly, they couldn’t outsmart our Statewide Prosecutors and the great police detectives who were able to use the suspects’ own GPS tracking devices to place them at the scenes of many of these burglaries.

This is another shining example of great police work removing criminals from society so they can no longer wreak havoc on the lives of law-abiding citizens.”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, along with the Hollywood Police…

Posted by Hollywood Police Department on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Police say that their investigation is far from over as they work to identify more suspects in this crime spree.  They say that additional arrests may be coming in the near future. 
 

‘MA Bail Fund’ posts bond for convicted rapist facing more rape charges. Gets arrested for rape three weeks later.

Boston, Massachusetts – A man who was out on bail for only three weeks under charges of rape, was recently charged again for another alleged rape in Boston.

Ironically, the bail fund that secured the suspect’s bond weeks earlier, didn’t provide any comment on him getting rearrested. 

On August 6th, 39-year-old Shawn McClinton was arraigned for numerous charges which were aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault, strangulation, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Police say that McClinton had raped his victim at knife point on August 5th, and also strangled her unconscious during the violent attack. While McClinton is behind bars again and had his bail substantially increased to $500,000 by Judge Lisa Grant, what’s more troubling is The Massachusetts Bail Fund posted his $15,000 bond for an alleged rape from 2018 on July 15th of this year.

More specifically, in the 2018 case against McClinton, he was charged with two counts of aggravated rape, and assault and battery, as well as a single count of kidnapping. Furthermore, that posted bond way above the “bails of up to $2,000” the MBF claims they’ll pay.

So not only was McClinton arrested for some serious charges when the fund decided to bail him out, but he was already convicted of sexual offenses twice before his 2018 arrest for rape. Back in 1994, McClinton was convicted of raping and abusing a child, and in 2007 he was convicted of rape.

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins was highly critical of this bail fund injecting themselves into McClinton’s case, since he’s now been arrested for yet another rape:

“This individual has violently and sexually assaulted women and children in the past.  His release on July 15th allowed him the opportunity to sexually assault and harm again.  And unfortunately, he did.”

The Suffolk DA pointed out that bail funds are typically something one would see champion people locked up for very minor offenses, to aid those among the lower-income bracket:

“The Massachusetts Bail Fund’s stated mission is to ‘Free Them All’ and provide bails of up to $2,000 in Essex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties.

These bails are often posted for low-level, misdemeanor offenses which end up punishing poor people and not serving any legal or public safety purpose.”

Yet, DA Rollins pointed out that a bail fund deciding to bail out an already convicted sex offender being held on charges of rape, shows a lack of “responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes”:

“The Bail Fund posted $15,000 and set McClinton loose on our community.  They don’t care that he is a Level 3 sex offender.  They don’t care that he has raped women and children before.

They have no responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes, or the families that he has destroyed.”

Despite numerous outlets, and people on Twitter reaching out to the MBF, they’ve not yet commented on the posting of McClinton’s bail.

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This isn’t the only recent case involving someone released from jail or prison that allegedly re-offended. 

A 31-year-old man in Texas is facing some serious charges, as he’s been accused of raping a 12-year-old girl around ’15 – 20 times’ according to court records. The suspect alleged to have committed said acts, while reportedly already on parole for unrelated charges.

Police in Texas arrested Efren Moreno on July 26th, after an incident that transpired on July 11th led to authorities being informed that Moreno had allegedly raped a young girl numerous times.

On July 11th, Moreno was reportedly invited to some gathering at a home where he had gotten into some kind of verbal spat with the 12-year-old girl’s stepfather, over something Moreno mentioned about the young girl.

Apparently, whatever was said compelled the stepfather to converse with the girl’s mother, and they subsequently involved police. While interviewing with police, the 12-year-old girl informed authorities that Moreno had been abusing her at least three times a week during an unspecified period of time.

In total, Moreno is said to have raped the victim somewhere between 15 – 20 times.

Police say man released on parole went on to rape 12-year-old girl 'between 15 and 20 times'
Efren Moreno – Bexar County Jail

Moreno was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child and is being held at the Bexar County Jail. His bond was set at $75,000.

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