A man hired to make repairs at a Wilton Manors home broke into a closet safe and stole items worth $12,500, police said.
Owners of a property in the 2300 block of Northeast 15th Terrace found gold coins worth $9,792; $2,700 in foreign and U.S. cash as well as documents including a birth certificate, titles to two cars and the house missing from a safe, according to a police report.
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Mark Flite, 45, of Holly Hill in Volusia County, was hired in October for demolition work and to make repairs at the home. Flite, a painter, was arrested Nov. 21.
The police report says he admitted to the thefts, that he is a married father of two and was destitute because he owed the state and an attorney for legal problems surrounding his driving history.
A gold Lady Liberty 10-ounce $1 coin valued at $1,224 was pawned on Oct. 15 and Flite received $1,000 for it, police said. He received cash for other coins in transactions in Broward County and Volusia County, but could not recall the store locations or when the sales happened, according to the report.
Flite was arrested on suspicion of grand theft greater than $10,000 but less than $20,000; four counts of unlawful use of the personal ID of another; three counts of providing false ownership information for pawning items and three counts of dealing in stolen property.
He was released Wednesday from a Broward County jail on a $14,500 bond.