“Proactive Community Attack on Problems, or PROCAP is an essential element in fighting crime in Polk County,” said Sheriff Grady Judd as he announced the results of a three month long investigation into a Southeast Polk County Copper Wire Theft trend. “Our deputies did an exceptional job in identifying the trend, locating the suspects and putting them in jail.”
The Polk County Sheriffs Office Southeast PROCAP unit began investigating Residential Burglaries and Air Conditioning and Copper wire thefts in the Poinciana Community in March 2008.
As a result of the investigation, two brothers were identified in 25 separate cases from the Poinciana area. Aaron T. Carter, DOB 7/2/1973, and Ronald M. Moore II, DOB 11/13/1978, both of whom reside at 537 Peace Drive, Kissimmee, were arrested and charged with Dealing in Stolen Property, Theft, Grand Theft, Providing False Information to a Second Hand Dealer, and Probation Violations. Carter and Moore were arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail May 28, 2008, though the investigation continues with additional charges anticipated.
Carter was charged with 17 Counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, 25 Counts of Theft, 1 Count of Grand Theft, and 15 Counts of Fraud/Giving False Information to a Second-Hand Dealer. To date, the two suspects have a combined total of 75 charges.
Carter and Moore would steal air conditioning units, and then take the coils and copper wire to various recycling centers in throughout Polk County collecting the cash.
Moore, II, was charged with 4 Counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, 7 Counts of Theft, 4 Counts of Fraud/Giving False Information to a Second-Hand Dealer, and 2 Counts of Probation Violation.
“The suspects had quite a business going for themselves,” said Sheriff Judd. “They would steal air conditioners, sell the coils and copper wire, buy things for themselves, and pay outstanding probation costs. There were literally robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
Ronald Moore, II