A Destin teen is facing several charges after Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies say an attempt to buy a laptop with an envelope full of blank paper backfired early Friday morning.
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the victim said he had a pre-arranged meeting with 17-year-old Andrew William Thomas in a parking lot for Thomas to buy his laptop.
The deal was for Thomas to pay $1,400 cash.
According to a report, Thomas was seated in his car with the engine running and had the victim put the laptop in a backpack in Thomas’s car.
The sheriff’s office said Thomas then handed the victim a white envelope with “$1,400” written on the outside.
When the victim opened it to find only pieces of blank paper, Thomas tried to leave, the report states.
The report adds that the victim was hanging on through the window when he said Thomas began hitting him and driving forward, slamming into concrete curbs, as well as a metal pole.
The sheriff’s office has charged Thomas with three misdemeanors – battery, grand theft, reckless driving – and two felonies – larceny and robbery.