Undercover cop responds to Craig's List ad, nets stolen fishing gear
Boca Raton, FL On Saturday, August 28th, investigators from the Boca Raton Police Services Department received a call from investigators from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. They said they were investigating a burglary to a business in Port Canaveral, FL during which 13 high end fishing poles valued at approximately $8,000 were taken. The detective from Brevard County says all the stolen property was listed for sale on Craig's List and was possibly located in Boca Raton.
Boca Raton Police Services Detectives made contact with the seller, posing as a potential buyer. The seller, Paul Anthony Sellers II, agreed to sell the undercover detective all of the fishing equipment for $2200. The undercover detective set up a time to meet with Sellers at his residence located at 1251 South Federal Highway, Apt. 102 at 3:00 pm Saturday.
When he arrived, the undercover detective asked Sellers why he was selling expensive fishing gear for so little. Sellers told him he worked in the fishing industry and they were not used much anymore. Sellers then helped the undercover detective load the gear into his car. The detective then offered Sellers $2000 for everything and Sellers agreed. The detective then identified himself as a police officer and arrested Sellers.
Sellers say he was selling the fishing gear for a friend, Lindsey Alascia, who was a former employee of the business where the gear was stolen. He said he didn't know it was stolen and was not making any money from the sale.
Sellers was charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Property.
Paul Anthony Sellers II
1251 South Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL