Melbourne Police Arrest Justin Bye For Theft of Paddleboards With Help From Indialantic Business

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MPD: We are happy to be able to reunite the victims with their property valued at $6,000

As a result of local interagency cooperation, assistance from the victims and local businesses, Justin D. Bye, 27, of 6152 Isla Street in Melbourne is in custody after being suspected of stealing two standup paddleboards from a vehicle. (MPD image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – As a result of local interagency cooperation, assistance from the victims and local businesses, Justin D. Bye, 27, of 6152 Isla Street in Melbourne is in custody after being suspected of stealing two standup paddleboards from a vehicle.

According to the Melbourne police, Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m., the victims were in Downtown Melbourne, and when they returned to their vehicle, they discovered their standup paddleboards had been stolen.

“The victims advised the boards were locked by straps that had been cut off,” said Melbourne Police Lt. Bryan Hart.

“One victim called a local friend of his at the Paddleboard House in Indialantic, making him aware of the theft and asking him to keep an eye out for the boards. The victims also contacted the Melbourne Police Department who initiated a criminal investigation.”

While Melbourne police officers were on the scene in Downtown Melbourne, the suspect entered the Paddleboard House in Indialantic in an attempt to sell the boards.

“The friend who had been contacted earlier immediately called Indialantic Police Department to make a report,” said Lt. Hart. “Indialantic Police was able to arrive on the scene and detain the suspect for investigation.”

One victim called a local friend of his at the Paddleboard House in Indialantic, making him aware of the theft and asking him to keep an eye out for the boards. The victims went with Melbourne police officers to the Paddleboard House and confirmed that the suspect was indeed trying to sell the standup paddleboards he had just stolen.  (Google image)

The victims went with Melbourne police officers to the Paddleboard House and confirmed that the suspect was indeed trying to sell the standup paddleboards he had just stolen. During the course of the investigation, probable cause was developed for the arrest of the suspect.

Lt. Hart said that the suspect was placed under arrest for multiple charges from the Melbourne Police Department to include Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, and Providing a False Statement to Law Enforcement.

The suspect also faces charges from Indialantic Police Department in reference to multiple counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was transported to the Melbourne Police Department where he was booked and turned over to the Brevard County Jail.

“The suspect would not have been arrested as quickly if not for the quick thinking of the victims, the awareness of local businesses, and local law enforcement teamwork,” said Lt. Hart.

“We are happy to be able to reunite the victims with their property valued at $6,000. This case is another great example of the community working together with law enforcement resulting in a positive outcome for the victims. The Melbourne Police Department would like to remind its residents that if they see something, say something!”

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