Man arrested for stealing police officer’s badge and ammunition


Elon Albert-Christin Hendrix, 24, was arrested yesterday evening on charges of car burglary, theft, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer reported on January 21 that his vehicle was burglarized and that his department-issued wallet, department ID, and off-duty badge were stolen. The victim also reported that he was missing about 60 12-gauge shotgun shells and that there was no forced entry to his vehicle.

On January 26, GPD received a tip that Hendrix was in possession of stolen property, including a GPD badge and ID. GPD made contact with Hendrix at his residence, and Hendrix gave consent to search his bedroom. The officer reported that the search found a backpack containing 16 12-gauge shotgun shells, some hunting equipment, 2 large knives in sheaths, 2 insurance cards, and a checkbook. The insurance cards and checkbook did not belong to Hendrix, and it was later discovered that they were reported stolen from a different vehicle on January 26.

Post Miranda, Hendrix reportedly said he found the backpack “4 or 5 days ago” and kept it, intending to sell the shotgun shells on the street. He said he threw the badge and ID in his back yard, and the items were found there. Hendrix has eight felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Hendrix has been charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied vehicle, petit theft, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. He is being held on $105,000 bail.

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