Crime

Gulfport men gutted flat-screen TVs and taped rocks inside, police say

Two Gulfport men are accused of selling these gutted TVs near the Mardi Gras parade route in Slidell on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.
Two Gulfport men are accused of selling these gutted TVs near the Mardi Gras parade route in Slidell on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Slidell Police Department

Police in a New Orleans suburb say two Mississippi men are accused of selling boxes of rocks and gutted flat-screen TVs as working televisions.

Slidell Police Detective Michael Seuzeneau said Monday that police answered a report about men trying to sell TVs at a gas station near Slidell’s parade route, during Sunday’s parade.

He says they arrested 47-year-old Clover Sims and 44-year-old Lloyd Bradley, both of Gulfport, on one count each of theft by fraud.

Seuzeneau says the victim told investigators he paid $280 for four TVs.

Detectives asked to check serial numbers in case the TVs were stolen. Seuzeneau says they found gutted TVs, and rocks taped inside the boxes to make up the weight of missing parts.

Seuzeneau said that as far as he knew, the men did not have attorneys who could comment.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in the press release, “Most of the time when someone approaches you in a parking lot trying to sell electronics, either it’s stolen or it’s a scam. Sometimes, it could be a set up for a robbery. If you are ever approached with a scam like this, politely walk away and call police. Nine times out of ten, there’s going to be something more to it.”

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