2 Men Allegedly Admit They Aren’t the Best Criminals

Wade Merill Wilson and Cary James Coffee arrested for stealing wind chimes and fishing poles in Vero Beach, Florida.
Wade Merill Wilson and Cary James Coffee arrested for stealing wind chimes and fishing poles in Vero Beach, Florida.

After stealing fishing poles from a boat parked on a trailer at Winn-Dixie in Vero Beach, two men allegedly admit they aren’t the best criminals, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, deputies were following up on a burglary that involved two fishing poles stolen from a boat. The victim said he parked his truck with his boat behind it, for a few minutes, at a Winn-Dixie. When he returned, he noticed two of his fishing poles were missing from the boat.

“He had one Shimano Speed Master Reel on a Crowder Rod with pink fishing line and a skirt lure. The second pole was a Shimano HD Reel with a Crowder Rod with a green fishing line and a skirt lure,” according to the deputy.

The victim stated he saw two men selling wind chimes at the Winn-Dixie entrance and believe they took his fishing poles.

Coincidentally, there were two men in custody at the Indian River County Jail for stealing wind chimes and were also trying to sell two fishing poles to a business in Vero Beach. As deputies made this discovery, one of the men wanted to talk about the stolen poles, according to the affidavit.

At the jail, Wade Merill Wilson, 48, told deputies that he and another man named Cary James Coffee, 44, were selling the wind chimes at the Winn-Dixie. Wilson said Coffee saw the fishing poles and climbed up on the boat and stole them. Wilson said he helped Coffee try to sell them for $250 each, the affidavit said.

The deputy then spoke with Coffee at the jail, who stated he didn’t know anything about “any fishing poles,” according to the report. Coffee said the only time he saw fishing poles was when Wilson brought them to him to sell, the report said.

Then, Wilson’s wife wanted to talk to a deputy about the case. She told deputies that she overheard Coffee telling her husband “my fingerprints are going to be all over the boat.” Wilson’s wife then heard her husband say, “you make a bad criminal,” according to the affidavit.

Wilson and Coffee were charged with two counts of Grand Theft, and Felony Burglary of Auto, Boat, or Conveyance. The two men are still being held at the Indian River County Jail on $25,000 bond each.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.