St. Petersburg police arrested Joshua and Dashae McCarty-Thomas on May 16, 2023. According to the arrest affidavits, police were alerted to several possibly stolen comics and books that were being sold on eBay. Those items included a copy of Captain America #37 that was identified, by the signature and a tear in the paper, as the exact comic that was stolen from Hall of Heroes; other Marvel comics that matched items taken in that burglary; Transformers comics that were allegedly stolen from Read More Comics in Brandon, Florida; and a rare book taken from a local bookstore. Police subpoenaed eBay and were informed that Dashae McCarty-Thomas was the owner of the account and that her husband Joshua was listed as the shipper.
When police served a search warrant on the couple’s home, they found two rare Galapagos tortoises that were taken from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in November 2022; the tortoises, one of whom was dead, were identified by their microchips.
Joshua McCarty-Thomas was charged with four counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, two counts of Burglary, and two felony counts from another county. Dashae McCarty-Thomas was charged with three counts of Dealing in Stolen Property.