Florida Burglars Use Cardboard “Stolen Tag” on Getaway Truck, Get Caught by Police

Florida Burglars Anthony Sosa, 31, of Lake Mary, and Chad Doulette, 36, of The Villages, are in the Brevard County jail facing a plethora of charges and six-figure bond amounts after the burglary suspects were sported driving in their pickup truck with a cardboard “Stolen Tag” Sign on it.

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According to the arrest affidavit, their pickup was spotted in the area of several residential burglaries that occurred on Tropical Trail on Merritt Island, where thousands of dollars in jewelry, personal documents, and at least one handgun were stolen. The area is a prime target for thieves as the homes on Tropical Trail are priced in the millions.

Now in fairness, the two criminals aren’t from Brevard County and clearly didn’t do their research before picking their next targets of residential burglaries, but that’s no excuse, so they still get to find out exactly what happens when you target our citizens and try to make them a victim!! – Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey

One of the victims reported to deputies that the pickup was a maroon in color Dodge RAM Truck with after-market wheels with a cardboard license plate that read “stolen tag.” The pickup was later spotted on Pineda Causeway in Melbourne. When deputies found the pair, they were stopped on the on-ramp to Interstate 95, so they could replace the cardboard tag with the genuine tag.

When deputies initiated the traffic stop, the driver exited the vehicle and started walking toward the deputy, and he was immediately ordered to the ground. The passenger jumped out, and low crawled toward the front of the truck. Both suspects were placed into custody.

A search of the vehicle uncovered the stolen jewelry and handgun in the pickup.

Both Sosa and Doulette have criminal records. Sosa was out on $150,000 bail for armed burglary, and Doulette was wearing an ankle monitor because of previous burglary charges!

You see folks, this is the problem…these thugs get arrested for violent offenses, get out of jail on ridiculous bonds or ankle monitors, and then turn right around and target other citizens – Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

The pair were transported to the Brevard County Jail, and each was charged with armed burglary of a dwelling, grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, possession of burglary tools, and criminal mischief with Bond set at $212,500 each!


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