Homeless Man Steals Flat Screen TV, Wheels It Down Boca Street

Darian Sparkman, courtesy Boca Raton PD.

Darian Sparkman, courtesy Boca Raton PD.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Even the homeless in Boca Raton need a flat screen TV. You can’t make this one up. Direct from Boca Raton PD:

Boca Raton Police officers were on patrol in the area of 1425 North Federal Highway, when they saw a male walking northbound on the sidewalk pushing a rolling chair with a large flat screen television on it.

Officers stopped the male, later identified as Darian Sparkman. Sparkman told officers he was on his way to the pawn shop to sell the television since he was moving. After officers challenged this story, Sparkman provided another account. At this point officers arrested Sparkman for loitering and prowling. Inside Sparkman’s backpack, officers found a screwdriver, two digital cameras, an iPod shuffle, socks, and a remote control to a TV.

Boca Raton detectives interviewed Sparkman who said he is homeless and hungry and stole the television from a teen center, but he did not know the address. Sparkman told detectives if they would drive him, he could show them where he had stolen it. Sparkman directed detectives to the Velocity center, 119 NW 11th Street. Detectives met with the owner/manager of Velocity who identified all the recovered items as belonging to the center. Detectives charged Sparkman with burglary and grand theft.

Detectives were also able to link Sparkman to another burglary, which occurred on January 31 at the First United Methodist Church. During this burglary, two game consoles, a number of controllers and games, HDMI cables and connectors and two surround sound speakers. One of the staff members told detectives that Sparkman admitted to him that he had stolen the items. Detectives checked pawn records and discovered Sparkman had pawned several of the stolen items. When questioned, Sparkman confessed to the theft. Detectives charged Sparkman with grand theft and false verification of pawn ownership.