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Published on April 16, 2024
Florida Man Accused of Swiping Pricey Elvis Jacket from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Source: Google Street View

A Florida man has been nabbed for the grand theft of a high-ticket Elvis Presley jacket from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, authorities say. The suspect, 50-year-old Christopher Michael Owen of Pompano Beach, allegedly made a daring but unlawful move on Valentine's Day, slipping into a restricted area of the Casino to lay hands on the King's memorabilia.

Court documents indicate that Owen was caught on surveillance footage as he breached a section cordoned off with rope and barricades, making his way to a mannequin adorned with the prized jacket. Local 10 reported that he is said to have then handed off the jacket to an unidentified woman, who exited the premises with the garment in tow. Despite the fleeting exchange, the item at the center of the heist—a jacket valued at $11,670—has yet to be recovered.

Owen's identification by the authorities stemmed from a previous transaction at the casino where he used his driver's license to secure a cash advance. It wasn't a stretch to then link him to the crime.NBC Miami noted that an officer who had previously arrested Owen in 2022 recognized him from the casino's surveillance footage, further tightening the case against him.

With a rap sheet already to his name in Broward County, Owen was apprehended on Saturday, the police records illuminated. Though the specifics of his legal representation remain unclear, what rings clear as a bell is the nostalgia and zeal encapsulated in the stolen jacket—a tangible echo from the era of rock's immortal icon. As of Monday morning, Owen was reportedly no longer in county jail.

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