Man Who Says Name Is Ima Thief Arrested For Stealing TVs: Cops

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    "Ima Thief" appears in Broward County bond court.

    A South Florida man who told police his name was Ima Thief was met by a judge's laughter when he appeared in bond court Thursday on charges he tried to steal two televisions from a store.

    Police in Sunrise say Thief tried to walk out of the store with more than a thousand dollars worth of merchandise.

    “You’re Ima Thief, sir,” Broward Judge John Fry asked the man while laughing.

    “Yes, sir,” Thief responded.

    “And you’re charged with grand theft,” Judge Fry said while shaking his head. “I’m going to call you Mr. Ima, okay? Alright.”

    After exchanging good mornings, Judge Fry said, “I do sincerely wish you the best of luck. I just wasn’t really anticipating seeing this name.”

    Police say the man tried to leave a store on the 3300 block of North University Drive in Sunrise with two television sets and three other items in his shopping cart. He was met by security at the door.

    When he was told to go back in the store with the items, he refused, and when officers arrived and gave the same order, he tried to get past them and out of the area, police said.

    The man refused to identify himself, other than to say his name was Ima Thief. He told police he was 34 years old.

    In the arrest affidavit, Officer Andrew Hydes wrote, “the name and date of birth are fictitious and only provided in order for the subject to be processed at the Broward Sheriff’s Office jail.”

    The man who identified himself as Thief faces charges of grand theft and resisting an officer. He’s also being held on a no-bond probation violation warrant related to a burglary.