On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Polk County school teacher from Winter Haven, along with her boyfriend, for burglary and dealing in stolen property. Her adult son, who is on probation, was in the car during the theft and was also arrested. The suspects were quickly arrested due to excellent eyewitness accounts.
“Thanks to observant neighbors, we got the lead we needed to arrest these thieves. We strongly encourage residents to keep their garage doors closed and their property secured. Criminals are constantly looking for easy opportunities to steal; let’s not make it easy for them.” -- Sheriff Grady Judd
According to their affidavits, between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. on November 20th, 42-year-old Amy Alvarado (DOB 12/28/1970) of 108 Broad Street in Winter Haven, who teaches second grade at Eastside Elementary in Haines City, drove her boyfriend, 30-year-old Brian Fideau (DOB 7/3/1982) of 1603 Eagle Pond Drive in Winter Haven, to the area of Troon Court SE in Winter Haven. Fideau got out of the front passenger seat, ran into the open garage located at 382 Troon Ct SE, and stole a golf bag filled with clubs valued at over $2,500. After taking the clubs, Fideau put them into the car and Amy drove away. Amy’s adult son Gerson and a friend of his were in the car at the time.
The theft was witnessed by (a neighbor) who told deputies that the car had been seen in the area in the past. The witness described the car as a tan Cadillac being driving by an adult white female with a younger white male in the front passenger seat. A description of the suspect vehicle was BOLO’ed (Be On Look Out) to local law enforcement.
Around 4:30 p.m. that day, a traffic stop was conducted on the suspect vehicle by Southeast District patrol deputies. Detectives who were working the residential burglary responded to the scene of the traffic stop and took the driver, identified as Amy Alvarado, and her front seat passenger, Brian Fideau, into custody for an interview.
Post-Miranda, Amy told deputies that after stealing the clubs, they went to several pawn shops in an attempt to sell them, and eventually went to Play It Again Sports in Winter Haven. Amy took the stolen clubs inside and sold them for $180.00, signing a form stating that she was the owner of the propert. Fideau denied involvement in the crime. The clubs were located by deputies at Play It Again Sports.
Amy’s son, 22-year-old Gerson Alvarado (DOB 2/23/1990), was in the car during the crime. He is currently on probation for Robbery. He was arrested and charged with Violation of Probation, along with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was previously arrested in February 2012 for DWLSR and VOP (original charge, Grand Theft); in February 2011 for Robbery and three counts VOP (original charges, Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia); and in June 2010 for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor.
A friend of Gerson’s, 23-year-old Marlon Arrindell (DOB 3/10/1989), was also in the car during the crime, and when deputies conducted the traffic stop they found marijuana on him. He was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Arrindell just bonded out of jail the day prior, on November 19th. He was arrested by Winter Haven P.D. on November 17th for Petit Theft and Resisting Arrest. He was previously arrested by Haines City P.D. in July 2009 for Loitering, Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, and VOP (original charge, Possession of Marijuana); and in January 2009 for Cultivation of Marijuana.
Amy Alvarado was arrested and charged with Burglary To A Dwelling, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, and False Verification to a Pawn Broker. She told deputies she is a second grade teacher at Eastside Elementary School in Haines City. Her employment has been verified by the Polk County School Board. Please contact the School Board for any inquiries about her employment. She was recently arrested in July 2012 for Failure to Appear (original charge DWLSR).
Brian Fideau was arrested and charged with Burglary To A Dwelling, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was recently arrested in September 2012 for DWLSR Knowingly. He was previously arrested in April 2011 for Criminal Mischief, and in August 2010 for Battery Domestic Violence.
“We are disappointed to learn that Alvarado is a school teacher. She should have known and followed ‘The Golden Rule.’ She didn’t, so now she may be eating pressed turkey in the Polk County Jail for Thanksgiving.” -- Sheriff Grady Judd