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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Status update: It was bad idea to steal a judge's nameplate and then post a picture of yourself holding it on your girlfriend's Facebook page.
That's exactly what Steven Mulhall, 21, of Coral Springs, is accused of doing.
Mulhall posted the photograph of himself holding the stolen nameplate, which was pried from the door of Broward Circuit Judge Michael Orlando courtroom on Natalie Coma Toze Segura Facebook account, according to arrest records.
Deputies picked Mulhall up on Thursday and booked him into Broward County's Main jail.
"The nameplate is like only $40, not that big of a crime, but what an idiot. He puts it on Facebook," said Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti. "Here he is flaunting it on Facebook. He violated the terms of his parole by stealing, from a judge he appeared before no less. He's got multiple convictions for petty theft, so now this is a felony."
Lamberti said deputies picked up Mulhall after verifying the suspect had appeared before judge Orlando. The judge's nameplate was pried from the door around Feb. 23, according to the arrest report. A tip to Broward Crime Stoppers led authorities to Mulhall.
"The tipster gave us his address, name and the Facebook page," Lamberti said.
"We got the nameplate back. It will be returned to the rightful owner."
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