Florida Gas Station Theft Leads To Finding Alleged Child Abduction Spanning Florida and Two Other States

A gas theft report received by the Laurel, Montana police department of a car that fled with $37.74 worth of gas may be connected to a stolen car in Michigan and a father taking his children in Florida.

The station attendant gave officers a Michigan license plate CNH7211. The Michigan registration shows a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada that is black with a grey bottom trim, which the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan reports the same car was stolen Sanilac city; meanwhile, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in Florida reported Edward Peters, who took his daughters Madison and McKala, believed to be driving a 2000 Buick Bravada with Michigan license plate CNH7211. imagesrelight.jpg

Many times, a person accused of a crime is not formally accused until long after the crime is committed. By that point, the victim and witnesses to the crime will lose important details about their assailant. Unfortunately, this diminished capacity to correctly and properly identify their attacker leads to many wrongly accused arrests.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office has come back and said many times was not involved in any way with the actual crime and that he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” However, the accused is involved and will forever be involved in the case, even if they were falsely accused of a crime they did not commit. These accused parties will have their names in newspapers and tabloids for weeks, and as such, even though innocent, some people will never see them the same.


Gas station thefts are interesting in that most occur with similar circumstances, but come in all varieties, from stealing candy to large gas purchases. Most gas station attendants realize this, and as such, have geared up to knows the signs of a robber, how to identify whether they are dangerous, and what to do when that danger is present. However, personal preparedness is not the only manner in which gas stations are protecting themselves.

Video cameras and surveillance have increased in use due to thefts and other crimes that normally people do not see. These cameras have led to an increase in the apprehension of a suspect who looks like the person in the video footage who is arrested and charged with that crime. However, just because someone fits a description on a video camera does not mean that they did the crime.

Proving a person was involved in a theft crime may still be difficult without eye witness accounts, video surveillance, fingerprints, DNA or other proof. But many of these pieces of evidence can be disproven and the credibility of witnesses, especially co-defendants who accept reduced plea deals, can be questioned. An aggressive Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney understands the severity of the penalties and what must go into defending these charges.

If one is in such a situation and one obtains an experienced attorney, one’s attorney will be able to challenge the evidence against one, including witness testimony, questioning the conduct and manner of any arrest made or search executed, or how evidence was processed by law enforcement.

The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Gas drive-off in Laurel may be tied to crimes in Florida and Michigan, Q2 News