Score one for the Orange Park, Florida police force. Just a day after a big heist at a card shop, a suspect was arrested with the vintage goods after an officer had spotted him dressed entirely in black and later concluded he was not on his way to a Johnny Cash festival.
We’ve got the news conference and pictures.
A Jacksonville, Florida area sports card shop owner is breathing a huge sigh of relief after police recovered most of the items stolen from his store early Monday morning.
Police arrested David Gonzalez, 27, after an alert officer recalled pulling him over just 90 minutes before the burglary was reported.
They went to his apartment complex Monday night where the three empty showcases that had contained what owner Dan Wiliams claimed was approximately $100,000 worth of cards, were located in a dumpster.
Included were complete sets of 1952 Topps, 1963 Fleer and various other vintage baseball cards.
Some of the cards were found in an apartment Gonzalez shared with his girlfriend. Officers discovered most of the others in Gonzalez’s car after he arrived home about 10:30 p.m. In addition to a newly purchased sports card price guide, police also located marijuana in the car and arrested Gonzalez on a drug charge prior to obtaining a warrant for burglary.
Also: Watch the story from WJXT-TV in Jacksonville.
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