Florida has become world-famous for spawning some of the country's weirdest crimes. Here are some of the more bizarre criminal acts from the sunshine state in recent history.
1. Man steals 166 manhole covers
[NBC 6 South Florida]
A man stole 166 manhole covers worth over $22,000 in Poinciana in 2013. According to an NBC Affiliate in Florida, Christopher Fink of Haines City stole the covers and then tried to scrap them at secondhand metal dealers.
All 166 manhole covers were stolen within a 14-day timespan. Fink was arrested six times for various reasons between October 2011 and 2013, according to UPI.
2. Man arrested for having sex with his donkey.
A Florida man was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a miniature donkey in 2012. According to the Huffington Post, Ocala resident Carlos Romero was arrested after a witness saw Romero with his pants down “up against the rear of the donkey.”
When questioned by Marion County detectives Romero admitted that when the donkey is in heat, Romero will stand behind her, scratch her and masturbate, according to WSTP-TV. He said he has done this with the donkey five or six times.
“Florida is a backwards state and people frown on zoophilia here,” Romero told law enforcement according to the arrest report. The donkey was removed by animal control after Romero was charged with misdemeanor sexual activity with an animal.
“I want my donkey back. There’s got to be due process here. I paid $500 for her,” Romero told a judge according to Ocala.com. In a jailhouse interview, Romero told the website that animals “are usually there for you,” “do not seek other pleasures” and their feelings are “100 percent honest,” compared to humans who “stab you in the back, give you diseases, lie to you” and are “promiscuous.” He also told Ocala.com that he had been having sex with horses since the age of 18.
When he got out of jail on probation in 2013, he was soon arrested again. This time for allegedly stealing 16 train batteries valued at $10,880 from the Florida Northern Railroad, according to Ocala.com.
3. 346-pound man punches delivery man for forgetting garlic knots.
A Vero Beach man allegedly punched his pizza delivery man because he forgot to deliver garlic knots.
According to the Huffington Post, Robert Wheeler (who was 48 at the time) was arrested in 2012 after an altercation with a then 19-year-old delivery man Johnathon Feigen.
Feigen stated in a police report that Wheeler punched him below the left eye. Feigen wrote that Wheeler struck him because he forgot the garlic knots. According to the report, Wheeler told Feigen to give “that” (the punch) to whomever was on the phone back at the restaurant. Wheeler admitted to the punch, claiming he did it because the restaurant owed him money.
According to the Huffington Post, Wheeler has a tattoo of the word FAT on his left arm and BOY on his right.
4. Man threw a sword and knives over a can of shrimp.
A Deltona man attacked his mother's boyfriend over a missing can of shrimp in 2013.
After his mother’s boyfriend accused Jayson Laughman of taking a can of shrimp, he used a sword to break down a door. He then threw kitchen knives at his family members. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Laughman told police he didn't remember everything that happened during the fight because he "went into code red and lost his temper.”
It all started when Laughman and his mother’s boyfriend Michael Airhart had a heated verbal agreement before engaging in a physical fight outside their home. According to the report, Laughman threatened Airhart with a nearby statue.
Airhart went into a bedroom with Laughman's mother. The couple was watching television when Laughman started breaking through the bedroom door The Shining-style with a Samurai-style metal sword. After breaking down the door, Laughman threatened Airhart with the sword. According to the report, the couple was able to calm Laughman down a bit. He left the room, but returned again soon after throwing two kitchen knives at Airhart, who escaped the bedroom unharmed.
5. Woman defecated to take revenge on her cheating husband.
A woman defecated and urinated on the floor before going on an armed rampage after finding her husband in bed with another woman.
According to the Huffington Post, Brenda Schumann allegedly brought a rifle into the bedroom of her Vero Beach home and threatened to kill both her husband and his lover. After the husband got the gun away from her, he claimed she urinated on the carpet before defecating on the kitchen floor. Schumann then allegedly picked up another rifle and began destroying mirrors, pictures and Christmas decorations. It’s unclear whether the destruction was from the rifle or not.
“I found him in bed with a naked chick. What was I supposed to do?” she told police.
6. Woman pulls gun out at Walmart over a $1 coupon.
A Crawfordville woman was charged with threatening Walmart workers with a gun after they refused her dollar coupon. According to USA Today, Mary Frances Alday allegedly rammed an assistant manager with a shopping cart in addition to verbally abusing her. She was upset that the Walmart would not accept her coupon. She was escorted out of the shopping center.
According to the report, a Walmart supervisor said she was going to take down Alday's license plate number. Alday responded, "If you follow me, I have something in my car for you." She then allegedly took a handgun out of her SUV and began waving it at four Walmart employees.
Shef fled and was soon stopped by police, who asked Alday if she had a gun. "Yes, I have a concealed weapons permit, and you are not taking my gun," she said in the arrest report. Alday refused to get out of her SUV, and was stunned twice with a Taser. A gun — a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Airweight — was found in the center console of her car.
7. Woman tried to steal $3,500 in Simpsons souvenirs.
In 2016, a woman allegedly stole over $3,500 in Simpsons memorabilia from Universal Studios. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Christal Merheb entered the store on a motorized scooter and swiped a green Bart Simpson t-shirt, Simpsons family charms and charm bracelets, a Homer Simpson hoodie, a Bart Simpson pin, a Simpson’s family pin set and a Simpson’s family lanyard among other items. She almost left the store without paying for about 200 souvenirs in her possession.
Merheb admitted to stealing some of the items and told police she "made a mistake," according to the report.
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