Mom's social media post led to man's latest arrest for stealing $600 scooter, police say

Mom’s social media post led to man’s latest arrest for stealing $600 scooter, police say

(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, February 27th 2024 at 4:06 PM)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — A man is under arrest for stealing a boy’s scooter and police say it happened because the victim’s mother posted about it on social media.

The theft happened back in August and a Wildwood police officer in Florida wrote about being told the woman’s son “arrived on his Segway scooter and it parked it on the south side of the building,” where she works at a butcher’s shop.

Then, 30 minutes later, after she closed the store for the day, they walked outside “and discovered the scooter was no longer there.

“The victim stated there are cameras, but the footage would have to be checked by the manager.”

The arrest report described the item as “a black Segway stand-up scooter, with a yellow stripe on the side, and black and yellow wheels.

“The victim stated she would email me a picture of the scooter once she found a picture.”

She didn’t have a model or serial number, but told the officer, “The scooter is missing the ‘mud flap’ from the back tire, and there is a black zip tie at the base of the handlebar frame due to missing hardware.”

The officer wrote the scooter was worth $600, and the next day, a patrolman was dispatched nearby “in reference to a complainant ([the mother’s name]) who wanted to confront the person she believed had stolen her son’s electric scooter.

“Upon arrival,” the patrolman wrote, “I met with [the mother] who told me she had posted pictures of the scooter being stolen on Facebook.

“[The mother] received information from people on Facebook, which led her to [nearby address] and a [man] named ‘Darius’ who lived in a tent behind the house.

“[The mother] stated Darius’ family members were among those who provided that information. There was a tent behind the house which was visible from the roadway.”

Mom's social media post led to man's latest arrest for stealing $600 scooter, police say
Darius Travon Barrett was arrested 6 times in Sumter County, Fla., between (from left) 2010 and 2024, with 5 booking photos provided. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Then, the arrest report said a sergeant showed up, looked at “pictures of the scooter being stolen, and recognized the suspect to be Darius Barrett, who [the sergeant] knew to live at that address.

“We went to the tent and tried to make contact with anyone inside. There was no response.

“We knocked on the door of the residence. A male answered. We asked if Darius was available. He invited us into the home. Darius was in a bedroom.

“[The sergeant] was able to identify him as Darius Barrett. He stepped outside to allow us to search the tent. No scooter was located. Barrett denied any involvement in the theft.”

The video and identification of the person in it were enough for an arrest warrant, which eventually led to Darius Barrett’s sixth arrest in Sumter County. It took place two weeks ago, on Feb. 13.

Barrett’s previous arrests included a battery charge.

This time, Barrett, 32, was charged with first-degree petit theft larceny and released after 28 hours in jail.

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