Off-Duty Detective Arrests Sex Offender at Publix

By: AP
By: AP

Dunedin, Florida (AP) --

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says an off-duty detective arrested a wanted sex offender after spotting him while shopping at a Publix supermarket.

Detective John Grubb was at the supermarket in Dunedin Wednesday, October 13 when authorities say he saw Thomas Hook walking around the aisles with a sheriff's deputy star clipped to his waistband.

Grubb followed Hook and stopped him when he allegedly tried to
leave the store without paying for his items, including children's
sticker books and Halloween candy.

Investigators say they found a stun-gun, an Airsoft handgun,
personal dating advertisements, and ads placed on Craigslist by
women looking for a male roommate in Hook's car.

Hook was charged with unlawful use of a police badge, among
other charges.

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  • by thank you on Oct 14, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Great police work here, this guy's a moron.
  • by Rita Location: Tallahassee on Oct 14, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    GREAT JOB!!!!!!
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