BCSO, Community Team Up To Nab Theft Suspect; Deputies Help Support Theft Victim

By  //  July 23, 2016

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On July 16, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office asked the community for assistance in identifying two suspects related to a theft that occurred at the McDonalds, located at 6857 N Highway 1, unincorporated Cocoa. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On July 16, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office asked the community for assistance in identifying two suspects related to a theft that occurred at the McDonalds, located at 6857 N Highway 1, unincorporated Cocoa.

Tonight, I am very pleased to announce that an arrest has been made as a direct result of the Facebook post with the suspects being identified within a matter of hours after the request for community assistance was posted.

The identities of the subjects provided by citizens resulted in the arrest of 25-year-old Zachary William Whalen of Valkaria.

Whalen was arrested and charged with grand theft from a person 65 or older and was subsequently booked into the Brevard County Jail with a $2,000 bond.

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The theft occurred when the victim accidentally left her purse which contained a large amount of cash and other personal affects unattended on the table.

In addition to developing probable cause for the arrest, Agent Chris Ginther’s investigation also revealed that the victim was going to incur a significant financial hardship as a result of her losses from the theft.

In an effort to help the victim through some tough times, our Agents and Deputies from North Precinct reached into their own pockets and collected $300.00 to aid the victim in paying a pending power bill to prevent her service from being interrupted.

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Thanks to the generosity of our North Precinct Deputies, we were able to help a citizen in need and give back to a community that has through the years shown us just how much we are loved and supported.

As a side note, when the victim was presented with the collection from the Deputies, she revealed that she had previously served as a public safety member herself, working as a Communications Officer for the City of Cape Canaveral Police Department back in the early 1970’s.

Please join me in commending our citizens for helping solve the case, Agent Chris Ginther, our North Precinct Deputies, and our GCU Agents for their kindness and dedication in going above and beyond to make a positive difference in our community!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.

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