DAYTONA BEACH, FL — (06-22-23) — A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly stealing sex toys and personal care items from a Target on Monday evening. The best part about this crime is that it was all caught on police bodycams.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Target store in Palm Coast, about a half hour north of Daytona Beach, in reference to a theft.

The male suspect was driving a white pickup matching the vehicle description given by loss prevention officers on scene. The Flagler Sheriff’s Communications Section advised deputies that the car’s owner, David Romero (pictured below), had a felony warrant out for his arrest in Putnam County for third-degree grand theft.

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Then, as Romero was about to reverse out of the parking lot with the stolen sex toys, police pulled up and told him to step out of the vehicle.

Bodycam footage posted on the sheriff’s Facebook page shows the tense interaction. “Step away from the truck,” a deputy yells. Another deputy then orders Romero in Spanish: “Anda por atras! Ven para aca!” (Walk back! Come here!) Romero complies, placing his arms behind his back as he is cuffed.

While placing Romero in their patrol car, “a pink vibrating device fell out of Romero’s pants,” says the Facebook post. It was later revealed that Romero had stolen the sex toy from Target, which provided surveillance video of the suspect “stuffing several personal care items inside tan shapewear he had picked up inside the store.”

Other stolen items included Trojan and SKYN condoms, Hello Cake lubricant and Promescent, a men’s “climax control spray,” all of which were later found in his car, say police, who added that Romero did pay for some groceries at the self-scan checkout before exiting.

Romero was arrested and is facing one count of petit theft, and four counts of first-degree larceny for property worth between $100 and $300. He was booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility and is now being held on $3,000 bond.

Article by: Andy Powell, Staff Writer

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