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Man arrested in string of thefts

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By The Staff

 A Bronson man has been arrested in connection with the theft of baseball cards and memorabilia valued at more than $4,000, thefts from the Kangaroo store in Bronson, including a change jar used to raise money for a charity, and taking a wallet from a vehicle parked at the same store, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Mike Bell arrested Timothy Lavaine Cobb, 40, on Valentine's Day on charges of burglary of a vehicle, three counts of dealing in stolen property, two counts of felony petit theft due to multiple prior convictions, grand theft and use/possession of identification without consent.

In the baseball card case, the victims told investigators that Cobb had been working around their residence around the time of the theft on Dec. 14. Later the Sheriff’s Office also received reports that Cobb was attempting to sell baseball cards around town and Bell began to track down the cards and witnesses.

On Feb. 7, Bell investigated a case of petit theft and burglary of a vehicle. The victim said that on Feb. 3, while parked at another location, someone had gone into her car and stolen $12 and her identification. A witness told the deputy she saw Cobb come out of the victim’s car on Feb. 3 with a bulge consistent with the victim’s wallet and she later saw identification cards on the defendant at the Kangaroo Store in Bronson. Bell reviewed the store surveillance tape to confirm the information and while reviewing the tape Bell noticed Cobb taking a jar of change from the counter. The store manager said the collection was for a Kangaroo employee who is in hospice care. 

According to the press release, Cobb admitted to stealing the jar during an interview with Bell.