Florida authorities told a Volusia County woman that she would have to buy her video camera from a pawn shop after it was stolen from her minivan.
Amanda Selby says deputies know the man who stole her $500 Nikon camera from her pregnancy go-bag.
“I went to look for my camera the day after I had him and the camera wasn’t there,” she told WSBTV.
Detectives identified James Rouse as a suspect and eventually tracked down the camera to Gold and Gadgets in Deltona. Rouse allegedly sold the camera to the store for $190 weeks earlier.
Employees at Gold and Gadgets say they gave the Sheriff’s Office everything it needed to prosecute Rouse and that as soon as an arrest warrant is issued for him they will give the camera back to its rightful owner.
“I was like, ‘This is great, I’m going to get my camera back soon,’” Selby said.
But the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office turned the case over to the State Attorney’s Office, which declined to prosecute Rouse.
However the State Attorney’s Office told WSBTV that it has no record of ever having received the case.
Selby says she was told she’d have to buy back the camera or file a claim to recover it.
“That’s just ridiculous to me,” she said.
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