TAMPA — A suspicious grocery store clerk helped Temple Terrace police nab an unregistered sex offender and fugitive after he presented false identification to purchase gift cards.
Brad D. Webster, 45, tried to buy three $50 American Express gift cards at a Temple Terrace Publix on Thursday afternoon using a personal check, police say.
When a Publix clerk asked him for identification, Webster's card didn't match the information on the check, Temple Terrace police spokesman Michael Dunn said.
When officers responded to the grocery store, 11502 N 53rd St., they arrested Webster. In his car, they found 28 more counterfeit checks.
Webster, police said, had active warrants from Missouri and Kansas. He is classified as a sex offender but had failed to register in Florida.
Webster is charged with 51 felonies, including 36 counts of possessing counterfeit checks, one count of failing to register as a sex offender and six counts of identity theft, among others.