Molino Man Charged With Grand Theft From Business On His Street

February 14, 2020

A 69-year old Molino man is charged with stealing two air compressors from a business just down the street from his home.

Winfred Arnold Sims, 69, was charged with felony grand theft, dealing in stolen property and criminal mischief with property damage.

Sims allegedly stole two 60-gallon air compressors valued at a total of $1,300 from a business on Omega Drive in Molino.  On January 10, the business discovered that wires were cut and the compressors were missing from the outside of the building.

The victim told the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that Sims, who lives just two houses away, contacted him multiple times asking if he had any leads about the missing compressors. The victim told deputies that he believed Sims was involved in the theft because they had a previous dispute, according to an arrest report.

The ECSO met with an individual that allegedly purchased the air compressors from Sims, and found them to be a match, according to the report. Deputies said the cut electrical cords on the air compressors matched the cords at the shop in Molino, and a broken part found at the scene of the crime also matched.

Sims told deputies that he “knew nothing about any air compressors nor had he had any air compressors to sell”, the arrest report says.

Sims was released from the Escambia County Jail on $8,500 bond.


8 Responses to “Molino Man Charged With Grand Theft From Business On His Street”

  1. Kristine T on February 15th, 2020 10:37 am

    Are we still living in America? Where you are INNOCENT until proven guilty! Think before you speak or write some hurtful words against a person you don’t even know! You may just find yourself, a close friend or loved one on here being accused of something. People really need to stop and think before they speak or prejudge someone or situation they know NOTHING 1st hand about! *News Flash* We do still live in America, and we are innocent until proven guilty!!! Class dismissed.

  2. Stumpknocker on February 15th, 2020 10:07 am

    @ Hannah you should know the rest of the story before you comment. Go to him and ask. He stole the compressors plain and simple.

  3. Don Neese on February 15th, 2020 8:49 am

    Proverbs 18:13
    He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

    In other words…passing judgement “in a matter” before you hear both sides will make a fool out of you.

    Mr. Sims says “he knew nothing….”
    He’s innocent until PROVEN guilty. And the article speaks of no Proof at all. That means in the eyes of the written law..
    He’s innocent, until “PROVEN”

  4. Chris on February 15th, 2020 7:38 am

    Hannah, even the devil comes disguised as an angel of light. God said “judge with righteous judgement.” Look it up.

  5. Hannah on February 15th, 2020 12:04 am

    So quick to judge! Mr Sims has been a member of this community for over40 years.
    Mr. Sims has come to the aid of more than one neighbor. The person who claims to have bought the compressers has a criminal history. Who would buy any heavy equipment with cut cords that’s Obvious sign that’s it stolen. Only a criminal that’s who.

  6. Deborah Daugherty on February 14th, 2020 7:24 pm

    If you ain’t learned that it might be against the law to steal,,especially 2 blocks from your home,by now,you will spend the rest of your life in jail…and that ain’t good for a old timer like you…

  7. chris on February 14th, 2020 1:43 pm

    Another rocket scientist. Rob a place two doors down from your home, and then keep showing up there, asking questions. Genius.

  8. Rational on February 14th, 2020 9:24 am

    Grandpa with too much time on his hands, and really?

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