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Florida man is wanted by police for allegedly disguising himself as a woman and using a stolen credit card to buy a French Bulldog puppy worth thousands of dollars.

Largo police officials said the suspect—now identified as Bryant Farfan—had entered the All About Puppies store on October 2 and successfully acquired the fawn-colored dog. He used a stolen Florida driver’s license and falsified adoption records, ABC Action News reported.

It is believed the puppy is worth $4,000. Police said Farfan may be attempting to sell the dog for profit—leading the All About Puppies store manager to offer a reward for its safe return. The suspect was reportedly identified because he has a previous criminal record in the state.

Pet store manager Allie Julian told ABC Action News: “The only thing we are hoping for is the safe return of our puppy. We’re offering a $1,000 reward in hopes that someone will do the right thing and return her to us.” Police said “probable cause exists for Farfan’s arrest.”

On social media, police posted mugshots of Farfan, including one of him dressed as a woman. It posted a snap of the French Bulldog when it was 8 weeks old. The dog is now 5 months old.

Surveillance footage released showed Farfan holding the puppy while in the pet store.

“If you have purchased a French Bulldog from Farfan recently, contact detectives and the staff at All About Puppies to determine whether or not your animal was stolen from this business,” officials wrote yesterday. Police noted that any leads to the whereabouts of either Farfan or the stolen puppy could be directed to Det. Steve Allred or Det. Lance Moore at 727-587-6730

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A 73-year-old Florida woman wanted to make sure what she was smoking was really methamphetamine, so she took the drugs to her doctor for testing.

Polk County resident Barbara Lee Ray said she was “scared” of what smoking it was doing to her, according to the Miami Herald, which cited an arrest affidavit and brought her doctor at the Complete Care Family Medicine Associates office in Fort Meade two clear plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance on Nov. 5.

Both bags tested positive for meth, the Herald reported.

Although it was unclear how she obtained the drug or why she was smoking it, she did tell her doctor she’s been smoking meth for about a month.

Ray was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of methamphetamine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, the newspaper said.

The arrest warrant said Ray, who was released from jail on Nov. 7, appeared to be under the influence of the drug when she was taken into custody.

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WESLEY CHAPEL — A 25-year-old woman was arrested Nov. 21 after deputies said she stole a former housemate’s Apple Watch and then bragged on Facebook that she got it for a boyfriend.

Stefanie Marie Borreli of Wesley Chapel now faces a grand theft charge. Here’s what deputies said happened:

At about noon on Nov. 1, a man was moving out of Borreli’s home with the help of a friend.

The friend noticed Borreli remove a watch from a bag during the move-out, deputies said. It was an Apple Watch worth $300.

Later, witnesses told deputies, Borreli posted a photo of a black Apple Watch on Facebook with the caption, “Ha Ha got him.”

In another Facebook post, Borreli wrote, “Got an Apple Watch for my new bae,”

She was released a few hours after her arrest on $2,000 bond.

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Two men have been arrested on homicide charges after authorities say a third man was lured to a home and stabbed to death over a stolen game console late Monday.

Seminole County deputies believe Jake Bilotta, 22, and Ian McClurg, 21, coaxed Joshua Barnes, 24, to the home they shared near Maitland and killed him in revenge over a stolen PlayStation, Sheriff Dennis Lemma said.

Deputies were called to the home at 1917 South Boulevard just before midnight. A third roommate, Walter Johnson — who had only lived in the home for about a week — had just arrived home from a Tinder date and found Bilotta in the process of putting Barnes’ body in plastic bags, Lemma said.

He had been stabbed several times with a seven-inch chef’s knife.

Lemma said Barnes had previously lived with Bilotta and McClurg, but had been evicted for about two weeks. Bilotta and McClurg suspected Barnes had broken into their home and stolen the game console, the sheriff said.

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Passing gas in public is often embarrassing. But for a Dania Beach woman, doing so while waiting in line at a Dollar General store led to her arrest on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

It’s what police say she did after a man in line complained about the act that led to the charge.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office complaint affidavit, Shanetta Yvette Wilson, 37, was in the checkout line at the Dollar General store on 120 S. Federal Hwy in Dania Beach on Sunday evening. John Walker, the customer standing next to her, got into a verbal dispute “in reference to the defendant farting loudly,” according to the affidavit.

Wilson allegedly pulled a small “lock back knife” from her purse, “opened the knife and told the victim she was going to ‘gut’ him,” the police report said.

While doing so, she pulled back her right hand with the knife as if she was going to attack the victim with it, the report read.

Walker was “in fear that he was going to be stabbed by the defendant,” the affidavit read.

After police were called, Wilson was found by deputies in the area of 45 NW 5th Ave. and identified by Walker.

Wilson was arrested and taken to the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach. Her bail was set at $2,500.

Marion County woman faces a first-degree murder charge after she hid drugs in her vagina and smuggled them into jail, where a fellow inmate died after ingesting them, authorities said Tuesday.

Jeniffer Lane Patrick, 24, of Summerfield was arrested on drug charges Sept. 7, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Surveillance video from a holding cell at the jail showed Patrick handing something to inmate Lorraine Gardner, deputies said.

Gardner, 22, held the substance to her face and quickly showed signs of distress, authorities said. She became unresponsive, and jail officials were not able to resuscitate her.

The medical examiner determined that Gardner died from a mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Detectives reviewed jail video and phone calls between Patrick and her boyfriend, 49-year-old Scott Derringer, after the incident. They said both made incriminating statements.

Patrick also was charged with smuggling contraband into a detention facility and possession of heroin. She is being held without bond at the Marion County Jail.

Derringer was charged with solicitation to possess fentanyl.

A Florida man has been arrested for having sex with a miniature horse on multiple occasions, deputies say. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Nicholas Anthony Sardo, of Citra, has been arrested and charged with four counts of bestiality/sexual contact with an animal.Sardo admitted that he had sex with the horse four times during the course of a week, according to the detective. The sheriff’s office stated in a press release that, “he used a condom each time because he didn’t want to get a disease from the horse.”

Additionally, Sardo told the detective that he knew he was wrong for what he did and that, “he was a sick man,” according to the sheriff’s office. One of Sardo’s family members is the owner of the horse and the horse is currently under their care. Stipulations of Sardo’s future contact with the horse could be determined by a judge in the near future.