Man accused of stealing dead friend's wallet, pawning items

Mother of dead man says wallet was stolen after son died

Booking photo of Jordan Monday.
Booking photo of Jordan Monday.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A friend of a man who was fatally shot is accused of stealing his wallet and making purchases and selling items at a pawn shop.

A detective was investigating another fraud case when she received a subpoena return indicating that Derek Cruice was an account holder on the other case, according to an arrest affidavit.

In 2015, a Volusia County sheriff's SWAT team member had shot Cruice in the face and killed him while serving a search warrant in Deltona as part of a drug investigation.

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The detective discovered that there had been a pawn transaction using Cruice's name and personal information, the affidavit said.

The detective obtained the pawn slip and observed the transaction from Jan. 12, 2017, using Cruice's name, date of birth, previous address and phone number. It had a Florida driver's license number, however, that did not match Cruice's, deputies said.

The detective conducted a search of the driver's license number and found the number was assigned to Jordan Monday, 26, according to the affidavit. There is a signature and thumb print at the bottom of the pawn slip, which was submitted for analysis.

The affidavit said the detective contacted Cruice's mother, who said his wallet was stolen after he died. The mother said she knew Monday, who was one of Cruice's best friends.

The detective also contacted a person who was Cruice's girlfriend at the time of his death. She indicated Cruice's Power Up Rewards card was in the wallet, which was stolen the day after his death, according to the affidavit.

The detective went to a GameStop location and met an employee, who pulled up Cruice's Power Up Rewards account information, and it was also being used after Cruice was dead. The affidavit said the employee checked to see if Monday had a Power Up Rewards account and he did not.

The detective conducted a check of the pawn shop database for Monday and found that he sold several items in May 2017, the affidavit said. The detective observed that on March 6 "Gears of War 2" was on Cruice's account and Monday sold "Gears of War 2" on May 29.

The affidavit said the detective observed the signature on both secondhand dealer's property forms and they were the same. Monday's Florida driver's license number was also on both forms.

The detective found probable cause to charge Monday with criminal use of personal identification information of the deceased, the affidavit said. Monday signed and acknowledged the information on the secondhand dealer's property from was true, accurate and correct at the time he sold the items under Cruice's name, date of birth, phone number and address.