Florida man says he stole pool floats to have sex with them instead of raping women

Deputies from the Palm Bay Police Department arrested 35-year-old Christopher William Monnin in connection to a spate of pool toy thefts in the city in the last seven months


                            Florida man says he stole pool floats to have sex with them instead of raping women

A Florida man who was arrested and charged for repeatedly breaking into properties and stealing pool toys has reportedly claimed he stole them so he could have sex with them instead of raping women.

According to the Miami Herald, which cited the Palm Bay Police Department in Brevard County, "the city has been plagued with burglaries in which the suspect cuts the screen or otherwise enters a victim's pool deck area and steals only pool floats."

Court records from the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville region suggested that there were around 13 reports filed regarding the theft of pool toys in the last seven months. Leads concerning who could have been behind the spree remained non-existent, at least, until two weeks ago.

On Thursday, June 6, deputies stopped a man who they described as "a suspicious person" as he was riding his bicycle on a city street at 1.25 am. In his possession was a white garbage bag full of deflated pool floats.

An affidavit filed in connection to the case identified the man as 35-year-old Christopher William Monnin and stated that "multiple victims indicated that they had been burglarized several times by this person but only reported it on the second or third burglary of their floats."

He was reportedly arrested after he had cut the pool screen to get into the deck of a home in Palm Bay earlier that night and proceeded to lead officers to a vacant house located at the 1000 block of Starfire Street where he had stashed away the floats he had stolen previously. Officers found close to 75 pool floats in total. These included one long white float and one long blue float which had been reported stolen by a victim the previous day.

When questioned why he had stolen so many, the "defendant stated that he sexually gratifies himself with the pool floats instead of raping women," read his arrest report. Monnin has been charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, petit theft of property less than $300, and criminal mischief of $200 or less.

He is currently being held at Brevard County Jail on the three charges on a bond of $16,000. A condition of his release mandates that he be fitted with a GPS monitoring device. The 35-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned at the Moore Justice Center on July 16.

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