Slidell Police arrest men selling televisions with rocks inside, not electronics

The undercover detectives watched as two men loaded four boxes that appeared to contain flat screen TVs into the back of a pickup truck.

Slidell Police Detective Michael Seuzeneau said Monday that police answered a report about men trying to sell TVs at a gas station near Slidell's parade route, during Sunday's parade.

According to police, the two men, 47-year-old Clover Sims and 44-year-old Lloyd Bradley, had sold the fake televisions to an unidentified victim for $280 after approaching him at the gas station.

That seemed to fool the man who chose to buy them at a gas station after a Mardi Gras parade, with police approaching 47-year-old Clover Sims and 44-year-old Lloyd Bradley while they were loading the TVs into the back of the man's vehicle. Instead, the officers discovered the televisions were not stolen, but in fact empty plastic shells with no electronics inside.

Sims and Bradley had allegedly removed the internal components of the TVs and taped rocks on the side to make them seem legitimate to the buyer, officials said.

The men were then arrested and charged with theft by fraud.

Police said they think the pair "have been doing this to multiple people in the Slidell area".

While the sale of the televisions turned out to be nothing but hollow promises, Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said similar situations can lead to much more serious situations. If you are ever approached with a scam like this, politely walk away and call police.

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