Hand tattoos, a Florida Gators license plate and the suspect’s wife help police catch a seafood theft suspect.

A Port Orange man driving a car with a Florida Gators specialty license plate broke into a seafood store to steal gator tail meat, police said.


James Ellison, 30, already suspected in other burglaries, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of armed burglary by Port Orange police. Ellison, who was previously arrested in a boat burglary by Volusia County deputies, was in jail on Wednesday without bail.


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Port Orange police said they were called by owners of the Port Orange Seafood store at 617 Lemon Street on April 30. At the business, police learned that someone stole gator tail meat, amberjack meat, tuna steaks and Alaskan king crab from the store’s outside freezers.


Port Orange police were able to quickly identify Ellison based on information gathered by Volusia deputies when they arrested the Port Orange man for a boat burglary in April.


Deputies obtained video showing Ellison’s hand that had his daughters’ names tattooed on it. In the video deputies obtained, a Hyundai car with a Gators front license plate is also seen. Port Orange police saw the same hand tattoo and the specialty license plate in the seafood store’s video surveillance, a Port Orange report states.


Police also got help from Ellison’s wife, who confirmed the tattoos and his identity and reported that Ellision had stolen from the seafood store on several other occasions, Port Orange police investigators said.


Ellison’s wife also reported that her husband had a penchant for fishing equipment but had also stolen lawn equipment and firearms. The woman told police some of the stolen items were in Ellison’s garage, a report shows.


On Tuesday, Port Orange police, after discovering that Ellison had pawned off some stolen property at two Holly Hill stores, executed a search warrant at his Fifth Street home, investigators said.


In the garage, police found fish, crab, amberjack and gator tail meat along with tuna steaks taken from the Port Orange seafood business, a report details.


Knives and fishing reels from another burglary were also located in Ellison’s garage, police said.


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