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Suspect allegedly stole transmitters and resold them to diving adventure company

A Leesburg man has been arrested on a warrant charging him with stealing transmitters from Adventures Underwater only to sell them back to the business.

Adam Alexander Allaire
Adam Alexander Allaire

Adam Alexander Allaire, 35, was taken in on theft charges this past week for the incident which occurred in late February and was investigated through March. 

On Feb. 28, officers with the Leesburg Police Department responded to Adventures Underwater, a business located at 10123 U.S. Hwy. 441, according to an affidavit of probable cause out of Lake County. The complainant explained that he was working in the office on Feb. 20 when he was approached by a customer trying to sell him diving accessories. 

The subject told the staff that he had three brand new “Sheerwater Swift transmitters” and wanted to sell them to the business. He advised that he bought storage units when they were auctioned by the Storage companies for unpaid units. He claimed to have found the three transmitters in one of his recently purchased units, the affidavit said. 

The complainant told the subject to leave the items with the business so they could examine the transmitters and determine if they were functional. During the interaction, the subject stated that he found diving equipment regularly while buying storage units. Another employee of the business exchanged social media information with the subject to possibly buy items from him in the future. The subject left a name of “Adam” and a phone number with the business, the affidavit said. 

Later the same day, the complainant and the owner of the business examined the items and determined they were of new quality and functional. The complainant contacted the subject and told him they wanted to buy the items for $125 per transmitter, totaling $375. The subject agreed and returned to the business, the affidavit said. 

On Feb. 28, the staff were conducting a review of the inventory and found that they were missing three Sheerwater Swift transmitters from a delivery. According to the complainant, order confirmations showed that the three transmitters were delivered, but no employee had accepted them into inventory. He decided to check the serial numbers for the missing transmitters and compare them with the three transmitters purchased on Feb. 20, the affidavit said. 

The complainant found that the missing transmitter serial numbers matched the serial numbers on the devices they purchased, and they were previously delivered to the business. It was realized by the staff that the subject took the transmitters from the business and sold them back to the business as personally owned property, the affidavit said. 

The complainant then spoke with his associate regarding the exchanged social media information. Using this, they identified the subject as Allaire. The officer documenting the initial report gave this information to dispatch. With their assistance, an identification was made of Allaire, the affidavit said. 

The responding officers viewed the social media account shown by the staff. He compared that image with the driver’s license photo for Allaire and verified they were the same person. After confirming with staff that they wished to prosecute, a report was documented and forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division for further review, the affidavit said. 

The complainant provided serial numbers for the missing transmitters. These were compared to the serial numbers purchased from Allaire, and they did indeed match. The tracking confirmation showed the transmitters as being delivered to the business on Feb. 9. Documents verifying inventory, delivery and the private purchase of the items were collected and attached with the report, the affidavit said. 

An LPD detective later made contact with the complainant regarding the incident. He confirmed all the details provided during the initial report. He also specified that he could identify the subject if needed. So, the detective completed a simultaneous photographic line-up using an investigative resource, the affidavit said. 

On the afternoon of March 19, the detective responded to the business. With assistance from another detective, the line-up was presented to the complainant. He made an identification with absolute certainty, noting that Allaire had lost weight since the photo was taken but having no doubt it was the correct person, the affidavit said. 

The complainant also explained that the transmitters were considered stolen and recovered and were valued by the business as $395 each, totaling $1,185. Although the items were technically recovered, Allaire committed theft by taking the packages prior to the business inventorying items, the affidavit said. 

The detective tried contacting Allaire at his listed address, 10933 Westmont Avenue, and by telephone to no avail. As of March 28, the detective was unable to locate him. It was determined that a warrant would be filed, the affidavit said. 

Allaire was ultimately arrested at his residence April 24 by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The California native was charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property before being taken to Lake County Jail. He was released after posting $7,000 bond.

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