According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a Florida man was arrested after reportedly flashing a stolen Mercedes-Benz on social media after exploiting it to perform a string of break-ins.
After being identified as one of the two suspects responsible for a number of automobile break-ins in the Deltona region over the weekend, Nicholas Coffey, 23, was detained early on Sunday.
Coffey and the second suspect, who were both donning gloves and face covers, were allegedly caught in the act on home security cameras.
According to reports, Coffey arrived at the business at roughly 4:30 a.m. in a Mercedes-Benz reportedly stolen from Ormond Beach, according to video surveillance footage at a Deltona gas station. Saturday.
He entered the shop and made a purchase while wearing a face mask over his neck and blue latex gloves on his hands.
Because of his distinctive face and neck tattoos, a Volusia County detective was able to match Coffey to images from the gas station surveillance, according to the sheriff’s office. The detective had a warrant out for Coffey’s arrest and was also investigating another case involving him.
Social Media Clues and Surveillance Footage Lead to Arrest of Suspected Car Thief
Coffey posted about owning a new Mercedes-Benz, according to the VCSO, and photographs of him wearing the outfit featured in the gas station footage and residential security recordings were also found on his social media accounts.
The stolen Mercedes was visible on five streets in Deltona where the auto break-ins occurred starting at around 3 a.m. in addition to the videos and the plate reader data. to 5:45 a.m. Saturday.
Around five in the morning, Coffey was found in Daytona Beach. On Sunday, he was detained on the basis of the outstanding warrant by deputies and investigators.
After that, he was taken to Deltona for an interview, during which he neither denied nor admitted to being the guy in the recordings, according to the sheriff’s office.
Coffey was arrested for violating his probation as a felon on the possession of a firearm and for violating 11 counts of conspiracy to conduct burglary of a conveyance, one count of conspiracy for committing attempted burglary of a conveyance, fraudulent use of a credit card, and all of the above.