Man arrested for trying to steal Pokemon cards says he did it for the adrenaline rush


HAWTHORNE, Fla. – Jose Angel Rubero-Centeno, 40, was arrested yesterday afternoon at the Love’s Truck Stop in Hawthorne after employees called 911 regarding a theft in progress.

When an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived, employees reportedly said a man had walked in with a duffel bag and went to the stand that displayed Pokemon cards. They said they saw him taking cards and putting them in the duffel bag; they said they confronted him about the theft, at which point he reportedly asked an employee to follow him to a supply closet, where he dumped the contents of the bag onto the floor, spilling 55 packs of Pokemon cards with a total value of $352.51. Employees said they asked him to remain in the store, but he left.

After determining that the business wanted to file charges, deputies began searching for the man and located him in a nearby wooded area. When they issued commands for the man to come out of the woods, he allegedly turned and ran deeper into the woods. Following a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody.

Post Miranda, Rubero-Centeno reportedly said he entered the business with the purpose of putting the cards in his bag so that employees would confront him and “he could achieve an adrenaline rush ‘like the criminals do.'” Rubero-Centeno has been charged with theft and resisting arrest without violence and is being held on $5,000 bail.

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  • The only possible explanation for this guy’s action…. He’s a welcome guest from across the southern border. Maybe he will get an invite to Washington DC to trade cards with Joe.

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