The former homeless man who served time in Florida for stealing over $400,000 in jewelry and a large stash of Pokémon cards in 2011 has been captured in Kentucky, and sent back to the Sunshine State to face a probation violation charge.
Kenneth Tannassee, 23, was charged as a fugitive from justice, according to Deputy Jason Flynn, of the Pulaski County (KY) sheriff’s department.
Long arm of the law
The Pulaski County Detention Center turned over Tannassee on March 1, 2014 to Lee County, Florida, sheriff department reps for extradition, a spokesperson for the Kentucky jail said. Florida jail records show that Tannassee was booked and mugshot March 6 at the detention facility at Ft. Myers. He caught a new charge of probation violation, with a bond of $20,000, according to State Attorney spokesperson, Samantha Syoen.
Deputy Flynn and other city and county law enforcement officials had responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house on Amber Street, in Somerset, KY, and found Tannassee and two other men in a “verbal altercation”, the deputy told Yahoo! News.
After running a check through the National Crime Information Center database, Flynn turned up that Tannassee was wanted by the Lee County, Florida, sheriff’s department on the probation violation charge.
Tannassee did not resist arrest, Flynn said. He added that the house was not searched, but that “no evidence” of stolen property was seen. The home was “normal” he said, with no flashes of wealth.
The Florida case
At the time of his arrest in Bonita Springs, FL in 2011, Tannassee had his silver Mazda sports car loaded with jewelry and Pokémon trading cards, the Lee County sheriff’s office stated, according to an article then in the “Naples Daily News.”
The newspaper said that Kenneth Romano, the owner of K & M Jewelry at the Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs, reported $100,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his store, including items recovered from Tannassee’s vehicle.
Deputies said that the stolen jewelry recovered had an estimated value of $400,000.
The Pokémon connection
There was no street value estimated on the Pokémon cards.
Walt Case, a trading card and memorabilia expert, says that the “pocket monster” collectors are usually between the ages of 6-12, and then they often phase out. He said that the “Pokémon market is weak because the supply exceeds the demand.” Case said that the Charizard card lists for between $75 and $125, but that it probably wouldn’t fetch that much.