Deputies search for pawn shop thief


MIDDLEBERG, Fla. – Deputies in Clay County are searching for a man they believed stole from the same pawn shop twice within three days.

On Saturday, deputies were called to Middleberg Pawn after employee John Charles Plummer noticed a case of 12 rings, valued at about $2,400, missing from the display case.

Deputies said Plummer has surveillance video of the man reaching over the counter, opening the display case, selecting the items, then leaving the store without paying.

The man is described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a black ski cap, black jacket and black jeans.

Police were called again to Middleberg Pawn on Monday after owner Stephen Brian Soos said a man walked into the shop, attempted to open a jewelry display and failed.

The man then reportedly reached behind the counter, grabbed a Samsung Galaxy tablet, valued at approximately $499, put it under his jacket and left the shop without paying.

The owner described the man as a dark-skinned black male of average height and weight, between the ages of 30 and 35. He was wearing a red jacket, white shirt, sunglasses and a white and black hat.

Deputies believe the same man is responsible for both thefts at Middleberg Pawn.

Anyone with any information on these thefts is asked to call deputies.