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KEY WEST, June 25, 2020 – A Miami man is off to prison for nearly three years on counts of theft in Key West, Marathon and Key Largo.
Isaac Morejon, 30, on June 19 admitted violating probation in three separate grand-theft cases, as well as one drug case (the purported drugs turned out to be fake). Morejon had pleaded no contest in all cases and was on probation for 60 months, imposed in December 2019. For numerous violations, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced him to 33.4 months in state prison. Assistant State Attorney Cristy Spottswood represented the state.
One case, on June 6, 2019, occurred at the Marathon Publix. A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy patrolling the parking lot saw a store employee using his phone to capture images or video of Morejon leaving the grocery without paying for merchandise and asked the employee if he needed help. He did, so the deputy followed Morejon, who walked across Sombrero Beach Road to the Kmart. The deputy followed and took Morejon into custody.
The deputy then went back to Publix to speak with staff and was told Morejon had filled a cooler-type bag and a shopping cart and left the store without paying. The total value of the merchandise, mostly steaks and beer, was $442.11.
On July 9, 2019, a manager of the Kmart in Key Largo saw Morejon leave the store without paying for merchandise and followed him into the parking lot. He ignored her, hurriedly put the merchandise in his car and left. The manager then ran to a deputy parked in the parking lot and described Morejon’s car, and a be-on-the-lookout was issued. Morejon was pulled over at mile marker 105 of U.S. 1 and inside the car were two new generators, a new car battery and a case of water, all taken from Kmart. Combined value was $582.46.
On May 23, 2019, at Publix in Key West, Morejon loaded beer and meat into his cart, then transferred the meat to a bag; the total value was $347.98. Like in the other cases, he left the store without paying. Police later identified him through video and knowing him from past interactions.
In the drug case, from May 17, 2019, Morejon sold a confidential informant four uncooked black beans for $140, purporting them to be Oxycodone; the charge was sale of a substance in lieu of a controlled substance. The deal was recorded after the informant set it up (also recorded) with Morejon.