On Monday 23rd January, a Floridian police officer, Frankie Bybee, 46, has been accused of defrauding, attempting to murder, a 79-year-old woman, from Sarasota as well as stealing and selling her dog on Craigslist.
In October 2016, the 79-year-old victim made a service call to the police, during the visit, the 18-year employee of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Frankie befriended the elderly woman.
During the time of their friendship, the elderly woman needed to visit the hospital, Frankie took the opportunity to steal her dog and sold it on Craigslist.
Later he began writing cheques totaling $65,000 to himself from the elderly victim and fraudulently signing them. The 79-year-old caught wind of the situation and reported the crime to the police.
Frankie, after discovering the elderly woman reported him to the police, broke into her home late at night wearing dark clothing and tried to force pills into her mouth, trying to make it seem like she committed suicide, the victim lost consciousness.
The police arrived at the scene and discovered the garage door to be left open and found the car running, suspected to be an attempt to poison the victim with carbon monoxide.
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said in a press statement after Frankie's arrest on Monday, “Bybee’s actions do not reflect the nearly 1,000 members of this agency. who represent every day, who are out with kids, who are out there in public and who this community has trust in… It is beyond unacceptable an individual who works in a postilion of trust and guardianship to their community and is capable of the heinous crimes like Frankie Bybee committed. It is a disgrace to this agency and to the law enforcement profession.”
Frankie Bybee was arrested and charged with attempted murder, exploitation of the elderly, forgery, petty theft, two counts of grand theft, burglary of an occupied dwelling and battery on a victim 65 years or older, he being held in Sarasota County Jail on a bond of $1,033,120.