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Prosecutors Drop Case Against Boca Raton’s Michael Civitella

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Boca Raton Police Spent Seven Months Investigating Alleged Theft Of Golf Clubs. Case Dropped By Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The case against Michael Civitella was seemingly questionable from the start. Boca Raton Police spent nearly seven months investigating the alleged theft of golf clubs — golf clubs that fell off of a truck in the area of Mizner Village, then were retrieved by Civitella who attempted to connect them to an owner. Unsuccessful over several weeks, Civitella sold the clubs online.

It all started nearly a year ago, on December 27th, 2021, when the golf clubs fell off of someone’s truck. Civitella, who owns million dollars homes in Boca Raton and in the upscale Philadelphia suburb of Newtown Square, found them. He took them to the guard house in his east Boca Raton community, then retrieved them later — determined to find the owner on his own.

“Civitella tried internet searching the name on the bag, but was unable to locate any information that would assist him contacting the owner,” according to the police report. ”After a week or ten days of having the equipment, Civitella decided to sell the clubs to 2nd Swing company and give the money to some workers at his home. He asked the workers to prepare the clubs (not the bag) to be shipped to the 2nd Swing company for the sale. In reference to the equipment/property not sold to 2nd Swing, Civitella said the additional property was thrown away.”

But once the golf clubs were online, the apparent owner saw them. Civitella, according to police, worked with the owner and 2ndSwing.com to get the clubs, or the money, to the rightful owner. Civitella added $900 to cover anything that wasn’t returned. He believed the owner had agreed to the deal — but after it was completed, the owner filed a police report with Boca Raton. Detectives, over seven months, investigated the alleged crime. They went so far as to obtain images of Civitella sending the clubs to 2ndSwing via Fedex — something he never denied doing.

Michael Civitella was arrested in July and charged with Grand Theft and Using the Internet To Deal Stolen Property. Prosecutors just decided to drop the case nearly a year after it all started — apparently acknowledging that even police wrote that Civitella attempted to return the golf clubs, then believed he had a deal with the owner once that person came forward. All charges against Civitella have now been dismissed.

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