CRESTVIEW, Fla., Oct. 24, 2018–A Crestview woman was arrested Oct. 18 following her alleged theft of a police cap from a 9/11 memorial display at the Winn-Dixie supermarket.
The incident was captured on security video.
Video footage showed a woman nonchalantly lift a police cap from the display set up Sept. 11 near the entrance of the Crestview Winn-Dixie and place it sideways on her head.
Residents and law enforcement responded to an appeal for information posted Sept. 12 on the Crestview Police Department’s Facebook page and shared the posting across regional media.
As a result, Michelle Nicole Silvers, 33, was identified and arrested for the theft.
Silvers had been arrested as recently as July 31 on charges of larceny and fraud. She now faces a misdemeanor larceny charge of petty theft.
She was released on $1,000 bond Oct. 19.
When a Crestview investigator went to her residence Sept. 13, Silvers refused to come to the door. Another resident gave the stolen cap to the officer.
Black ball caps with the word “police” embroidered on the front are official uniform headgear of Crestview police officers.
“This is about disrespecting people who lost their lives…”
Officer Nicky Mojica, who lent her personal uniform cap to the Winn-Dixie memorial display, said while she was grateful to have it returned, the incident wasn’t about a hat.
“This is about disrespecting people who lost their lives in the 9-11 attacks,” she said. “It’s about disrespecting police and firefighters who bravely responded to the attacks and died while saving innocent citizens.”
Staff and Crestview Police Department release