Palm Coast, FL - A License Plate Reader hit on a stolen Porsche leads to the arrest of 40-year-old Damien Dennis, a man with 19 different aliases, six social security numbers and six different birthdays.
A Flagler County Sheriff's sergeant located a stolen 2013 Porsche Panamera at a gas station on Palm Coast Parkway at Boulder Rock Drive just before midnight this past Saturday (July 20). The sergeant saw a black male, later identified as Dennis, pumping gas. The man dropped to the ground and started doing push-ups once he noticed the fully marked FCSO patrol vehicle.
Deputies conducted a felony traffic stop using the RAPID ID system, which did identify the man as Damien Dennis. Further investigation revealed the extra alias', birthdays and social security numbers associated with Dennis. Also discovered was the fact that Dennis' real driver's license is suspended and that he is on Florida Inmate Release Status in reference to Possession of Counterfeit Tools.
The Porsche had been reported stolen after the owner discovered the buyer, "Ervin Beiler" bought the car using fraudulent I.D., a fraudulent social security number and a false credit application. When Dennis was detained, deputies found him in possession of a fraudulent Georgia driver's license with his picture but identified him as "Jessie Alexander Galgano."
Dennis told deputies he bought the car in Jacksonville and had bought the fake I.D. online. He also told deputies that he'd intended to take the Porsche back to the rightful owner but that the owner had told him to sell the car for parts. Dennis was then placed under arrest.
A search of the vehicle found marijuana and a small plastic baggie containing a shredded identification card.
“This is yet another great example of how technology aids law enforcement in quickly apprehending criminals before they can commit crimes in Flagler County,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Both the LPR system and RAPID ID have helped us on countless cases, and this one is no different. This is a guy who will use any means, except the truth, to get what he wants. Thanks to our deputies and this technology, he will have to answer for his crimes.”
Dennis is charged with Burglary of a Conveyance, Grand Theft Auto, and Possession of a Counterfeit ID. He was taken to the Flagler County Jail where he posted a $10,000 bond and was released.