Brevard Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit Takes Five Fugitives Off Brevard County Streets
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // March 12, 2020
SHERIFF IVEY RIDES SHOTGUN FOR AN AWESOME DAY OF FUGITIVE HUNTING
By Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I had the honor of riding shotgun on Wednesday with our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit as they worked to take fugitives off our streets so they can’t victimize anyone else.
It was a heck of a ride-along as we captured five fugitives today including the “Fugitive of the Week” from last night’s episode of “Wheel of Fugitive“ and also had some great BBQ at one of our local restaurants.
As the morning started out we attempted to locate Tiffany Thompson who was our “Fugitive of the Week” at a residence in Melbourne.
While we didn’t find Tiffany at the residence we did get a bonus arrest as we found Carmen Alvey who was also wanted in the same immediate area.
Alvey was taken into custody for her felony warrant for Violation of Probation Reference Trafficking in Stolen Property and was subsequently transported to the Brevard County Jail on a “No Bond” status.
Now while we were arresting Alvey, a citizen gave a member of our team the location where Thompson might be hiding so part of our team headed that direction and located Thompson who was a passenger in a vehicle in the immediate area.
Thompson was taken into custody on her felony warrant for Violation of Pre-Trial Release Reference Possession of Heroin but as luck would have it, the driver of the vehicle, Rufus Cash was also arrested on felony Driving While License Suspended Knowingly charges as this was his third arrest for Driving While License Suspended.
Thompson was subsequently transported to the Brevard County Jail on a “No Bond” status and Cash was transported to our beautiful jail facility on a $2,000 bond.
Now after lunch is where the day got even better as we started trying to locate James Burttram who was wanted on two felony warrants for Violation of Community Control Reference Possession of a Controlled Substance as well as an additional felony warrant for Failure To Appear Reference Possession of a Controlled Substance.
After a citizen gave us a tip where he was hiding, the Fugitive Unit traveled to the residence and set up a perimeter around the house.
At the time of our arrival at the residence, another white male was working on a vehicle in the front yard but had no involvement in anything to do with Burttram who quickly came out of the residence and surrendered himself.
Now here is where the story takes a little neat and actually a very mean twist as a female from inside the residence exited the house and snitched out the guy in the front yard for having a warrant himself.
Apparently she thought he told us where Burttram was so she decided to turn him in as well.
Well, sure enough, a quick computer check revealed that Jamie Strachan also had a felony warrant for his arrest for Violation of Community Control Reference Possession of Cocaine and Heroin.
Both Burttram and Strachan were transported to the Brevard County Jail where they are being held on a “No Bond” status.
So not only did I have a blast riding shotgun with our Fugitive Unit, but we also hit the jackpot as today was apparently COSO Day (Cuff One, Stuff One) in Brevard County. You know kind of like BOGO where you buy one, you get one.
I can’t wait to hit the streets again and I also could not be more proud of our Fugitive Unit members for all they do every day to take fugitives off our streets.
I also want to thank all of our citizens who partner with us every day through programs such as “Wheel of Fugitive,” “Fishing for Fugitives” and “Cooking Up Justice!” Without you, as our partners, we would not be as successful.
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