Florida Man Steals a $1,600 Yorkie, Trades It for Crack Cocaine

Florida Man Steals a $1,600 Yorkie, Trades It for Crack Cocaine
Illustration by Alvaro Rubio-Diaz

A lot of weird things happen in Florida every week. On Fridays, we're here to bring you the weirdest. This week, one dog was traded for drugs and another met a cruel fate because he looked at his owner "weird." In non-canine stories: While moonshine usually reminds us of authors like Faulkner and Twain, this story about a moonshine ring reminds us more of an O. Henry tale.

Florida Man Steals a $1,600 Yorkie, Trades It for Crack Cocaine

Stolen Yorkie Traded for Crack 
Despite the fact that Yorkies sound like they're constantly on crack cocaine, they should not be used to purchase crack cocaine. 

Police say Wayne Junior Barfield walked into the All About Puppies store in Largo, Florida, and grabbed a Yorkshire terrier puppy, stuffed it under his shirt, and walked out. The incident was caught on camera. The value of the puppy: $1,600. Barfield was tracked down and arrested, but police say he had already traded the dog for crack cocaine and cash. The deal went down in a parking lot near a Winn-Dixie and Dunkin' Donuts. 

Barfield would not say to whom he had sold the dog. However, the animal, which had already been sold at the puppy store and was waiting to go to its rightful owners, was microchipped. Employees at an animal hospital in St. Petersburg realized they had the dog. It was brought in by a family after the pup fell sick. The dog is expected to recover and will be returned to the store. 

Florida Man Steals a $1,600 Yorkie, Trades It for Crack Cocaine

Moonshine-Selling Ring Busted on Facebook 
Moonshine makes us think of William Faulkner novels, Appalachian outlaws, and people occasionally going blind because of the stuff. In other words, we think of an America that doesn't exist anymore. In any case, we certainly don't think of Facebook. 

Yet police arrested three people in Polk County this week for trying to sell moonshine on Facebook. 

Police got a tip that Alton Trowell was behind the moonshine business and called him to make a deal. His girlfriend, Christie Comkowycz, answered and set up the deal herself, because she's his trap queen (or whatever the moonshine equivalent is). An undercover detective agreed to buy 12 pints for $240. Comkowycz showed up in a parking lot to complete the deal with a 20-year-old in tow. Both were arrested. 

But where was Trowell during all of this? Turns out he been arrested the night before on unrelated drug charges, and Comkowycz was trying to sell enough moonshine to pay his bond. 

Florida Man Steals a $1,600 Yorkie, Trades It for Crack Cocaine

Man Decapitates Dog That Looked at Him Weird 
We write about a lot of horrible people who do a lot of horrible things in this column, but this is probably one of the more twisted weird Florida stories we've heard in a while. So be warned. 

This past Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office got a call that a man was beating his dog. When they arrived, they found 28-year-old Javier Orelly digging a hole in the ground in front of his apartment. Nearby they found the body of a black labrador retriever — and then found the dog's head sitting on two rocks. 

Orelly told police that the dog bit him but then admitted that the dog merely "looked at him weird." He said he stabbed it in the neck in retaliation and then brutally described how he decapitated his pet. Police also found a dead duck nearby. Orelly claimed he was "stressed out and needed to sacrifice animals to cleanse himself." He was arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty. 

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