By Ryan Yousefi
A man was arrested and charged with 24 crimes, including dealing in stolen property, after an investigation by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office discovered he had pawned a large number of high-priced items stolen from a popular Parkland store.
According to the arrest report filed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, between the dates of December 21 and 29 of 2022, Anthony Barrington Phillips, 18, of Coconut Creek, received thousands of dollars for stolen electronic and device items he pawned at Gold City Pawn, at 7860 Wiles Road in Coral Springs.
The arrest report states Phillips visited Gold City Pawn on multiple occasions to pawn several high-ticket new items, including; Apple iPads, Apple Watches, AirPods, an Xbox, multiple Nintendo Switch sets, an Acer computer, and more.
Deputies noted in the report that Phillips signed pawn slips for each item, providing his right thumbprint as identification. The thumbprints were later compared and matched to known thumbprints on file provided by Phillips in the past.
The fingerprint matches, coupled with the fact that the items were reported as stolen, led to Phillips being charged with fraud and theft.
According to the arrest report, an investigation revealed that the items Phillips pawned were unlawfully stolen from BJ’s Wholesale, located at 5901 Hillsboro Boulevard. However, the report makes no mention of how Phillips obtained so many items from BJ’s, or if he had stolen them himself.
The pawn slips at the center deputy’s investigation reveal a detailed list of the items that Phillips pawned, the amounts he was paid for each of them, and the serial numbers of each item.
The report shows on just one day, December 21, Phillps pawned three Apple iPads worth $3,419.95. According to Gold City Pawn Shop records, Phillips received $1,600 in payment.
The arrest report indicates Phillips was informed of the results of the investigation and turned himself in to deputies without incident.
Phillips was processed, then transported to the Broward County Mail Jail, where he was later released after posting a $7,500 bond.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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