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Florida Meat Thief Caught Thanks to UF Gators License Plate

Daytona Beach News-Journal — 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.

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.


Man, I tell y'all, if you're ever feeling down about yourself, just go take a gander at the Daytona Beach News-Journal and it will make you feel like a million bucks. I promise no matter how bad your day at work was, it wasn't as bad as going to jail for stealing some gator tail and snow crab because of a vanity license plate of a school that you definitely did not attend.

I know this guys is Gator through and through and all, but he really should have shot a quick DM to Jameis Winston if he wanted some advice on how to get away with seafood theft in the state of Florida. I'm sure being a Heisman Trophy winner helps, but it would have been worth a shot if you were really dead set on that particular brand of theft.

I really do hate that it had to be a UF license plate that brought this guy down, though. Everybody knows I have nothing but the utmost respect for the University of Florida, its students, alumni and fans. So for something that reflects so poorly on the school and people associated with it to happen is just a real shame, in my personal opinion.

That's the way the ball bounces sometimes, I suppose. Florida Man strikes again.