Polk teacher, 3 others arrested for stealing golf clubs | Crime
Winter Haven, Florida -- A Polk County teacher -- along with her boyfriend, son and his friend -- are in jail Wednesday after police say they stole golf clubs from a home's garage.
Authorities say on Tuesday morning, 42-year-old Amy Alvarado drove her boyfriend, 30-year-old Brian Fideau, to Troon Court SE and stole a golf bag filled with clubs valued at over $2,500 from a home's open garage. Alvarado's adult son, Gerson, and his friend, Marlon Arrindell, were also in the car at the time of the theft.
A neighbor reportedly witnessed the theft and said they had seen the suspects' tan Cadillac in the area in the past.
Later that day, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car that matched the witness' description and took Alvarado and Fideau into custody.
During an interview with deputies, Alvarado admitted to stealing the clubs and said they went to several pawn shops to sell them. The clubs were eventually sold to Play It Again Sports in Winter Haven for $180. Fideau, meanwhile, denied any involvement in the crime. The clubs were recovered by deputies at the store.
Alvarado is a second grade teacher at Eastside Elementary School in Haines City. She faces charges of Burglary To A Dwelling, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, and False Verification to a Pawn Broker.
Her boyfriend 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 Driving while License is Suspended/Revoked Knowingly. He was previously arrested in April 2011 for Criminal Mischief, and in August 2010 for Battery Domestic Violence.
Amy's son, 22-year-old Gerson Alvarado, who is currently on probation for robbery, was charged with Violation of Probation, along with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Arrindell, 23, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Arrindell had just bonded out of jail the day before on Nov. 19 after he was arrested for Petit Theft and Resisting Arrest.