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By HENRY FREDERICK / Star surfer
OSTEEN, Florida – The Foxhead Inn is a vintage biker bar where cold beer, Harley-Riders and a classic rock band effortlessly mingle under the rays of the late September afternoon sun that begins its descent.
It’s that camaraderie, where small groups of bikers will get together or if it’s fair, a man a woman engaged in little chats that a local biker just can’t have on Main Street, a touristy street in Daytona. , a few weeks before Biketoberfest or in March after the Speedweeks and the Daytona 500, it’s Bike Week.
But here at the Foxhead Inn in rural Osteen, the roar of the Harley is muted, the kickstand is kicked out, and the bartender pulls out that chilly first Bud Light on the twisty electric guitar and bass, adding richness to the sound coming in from a live band playing “Magic Carpet Ride” or The Pusher by Steppenwolf. “Everything but another rendition of” Born To Be Wild “awaits.
Yet a seemingly serene place where only music dominates. Strong here is a man in his twenties, sitting far from his chrome Harley Road King, his hair still receding hidden under a bandana.
Yes, he’s losing his hair, but not his sense of humor making eye contact with tanned, toned arms, roughly his age, maybe even in his early 30s. sitting cross-legged next to his light blue 883 Harley Sportster, with leather seat backs draped over the rear fender. Her firm behind filling skinny black jeans tucked into the cutest cowgirl boots, her exposed flat stomach giving way to a tight white halter top, her own V-shaped twins not quite tied up.
Because it’s a lazy Friday afternoon like this where light conversation leads to good, nothing. At least not until they get on their bikes – her on his Sportster and he on his Harley Road King – and set off towards sunset with her in mind.
Who wouldn’t want such a scenario after a few hours at the Foxhead Inn?
Apparently, not a single Jeffery B. Stephens, aka “Brad”, 29, from Deltona whose custom bike was a beauty to behold: Black 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special. His value? Try $ 30,000.
And after returning shots galore, it was time for Stephens to implement his bulletproof plan – One too many to go on the flashy bike so he calls for an uber. He tells the bartender that he will be back for the bike in the morning.
But here’s the first clue that all is not quite what it seems. Why would he go to his dream machine and park as far from the bar as the parking lot allows?
Stephens wasn’t interested in chatting with a girl or pulling the breeze with a handful of bikers.
He had something. else in mind.
Something that would lead him to be arrested on Friday afternoon after a thorough investigation by the sheriff’s office into the theft he reported on September 25 at Fox Head Lounge, 280 NSR 415 in Osteen.
That of his black 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Stephens first told MPs he parked his Street Glide Special at the bar and left it there overnight Friday through Saturday while he drove an Uber home. He said that when he came back on Saturday to pick it up, the Harley was missing from where he had parked it.
Detectives noticed that it appeared Stephens had parked the bike as far away from Fox Head cameras as possible. But he inadvertently parked it in sight of a surveillance camera at nearby Skip’s Boots.
After reviewing these footage, detectives saw Stephens sitting outside facing the motorcycle when a vehicle pulled up beside her, and someone finally got on the Harley and drove off.
Sheriff detectives identified the driver of the vehicle that pulled up beside the bike and questioned him. He admitted Stephens planned the incident and met him the night before, stripping the Harley of valuables and disconnecting a GPS device. Phone records showed he and Stephens were in constant text communication at the time of the alleged theft, according to an arrest affidavit.
Here’s the gist: Stephens, who reported the theft of his motorcycle at the Foxhead Inn in Osteen last month, was arrested on charges of fraud and related offenses after sheriff’s detectives determined he had organized the “theft” to obtain an insurance payment of $ 30,000. , exactly the value.
To date, three months later, Stephenson’s allegedly prized Street Glider has not been recovered.
Stephens’ insurance company was kept abreast of the investigation by detectives and, as such, denied his claim.
Stephens has been charged with insurance fraud, tampering with evidence and providing false information to law enforcement. Crimes that could put him in jail for 2 to 5 years. He was released from prison about a month ago.
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About the signature author: Henry Frederick is a member of the working press and editor of Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet launched in 2008, which services Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando from Lake Mary, Fla., Via HeadlineSurfer .com. Frederick has amassed nearly 150 award-winning signatures in print and online. He received his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2019. He was a late-breaking reporter (subway cops and courts beat) for the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade. And before that worked the same rhythm for The Journal-News / Gannett Suburban Newspapers in Rockland / Westchester, NY counties, dating back to 1989. Having witnessed the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the Florida death chamber and covering other high-profile cases, Frederick has appeared on national crime documentaries on Discovery ID, Reelz, and the Oxygen Network series “Snapped” for his analysis. â¢ Award-winning journalism: The Florida Press Club recognizes Headline Surfer for nine articles in a 2020 statewide competition. â¢ Award-winning journalism by Henry Frederick.
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