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Daniel Edward Ray: Vibrator Thief

January 24, 2008 at 8:30 am by  

 Not Maurice

Springfield, MO -    Daniel Edward Ray, 36,  is a tweaker who really, really likes his butt plugs.   Ray broke into three adult novelty stores during a ninety-minute spree over the weekend.  With his mini-van as the entry object.  He left the registers and high-dollar porn alone, and stole only what police call “merchandise” and what I call “vibrators and assorted toys”. 

On Monday, police found a number of the toys – some unopened, a few maybe used – in a trash barrel at Tom Watkins Park in Springfield.   Where kids play.  Because nothing’s fun like seeing a preschooler grab a dildo out of a trash bin and ask, “Mommy, what’s this?”

Enter Ray’s ex-girlfriend, Tara Simmons.  After the local newscast broke the story, Tara recognized Ray’s dark purple Dodge Caravan, used to crunch open windows and doors at Cosmic Fish, Victoria’s Palace and Adam & Eve of Springfield.  She also recognized Ray’s penchant for the pervy stuff.  She may also have recognized a little opportunity for the coolest revenge ever.

Then on Tuesday, Ray called Simmons to tell her that he’d been on the news.  He’s bright like that, I’m noticing.  Simmons called police, who invited her to come in and talk about her ex,  and also to check out the surveillance videos.   Tara Simmons identified Ray as the guy the Springfield press was calling “the sex toy bandit” or “the gangster of love” (which actually was sort of cool.  I was going to headline this article ‘Daniel Ray Changes Name to Maurice’ until I saw that.)

At about 3:00 pm on Tuesday, police arrested Ray at his workplace, where Ray’s damaged van was sitting in the parking lot.  I told you this guy was a wizard.   He denied everything, like ya do, until cops told him about the surveillance tapes and showed him blood and fingerprint evidence from the stores.

At that point Ray changed tactics and blamed it on the meth, telling officers that he was “really high” and that meth makes him “do crazy things that involves sex toys and pornographic material” and that he’s “really sick in the head”.  Then Ray asked if his parole was gonna be revoked.  The answer to that question is “Yes, dumbass.”

Ray got out of prison in November 2007 after serving four years of concurrent ten year sentences.  He is on parole for, guess what, burglary and tampering in Greene County.  Which is pretty much what he’s going back in on as well.   Naturally, he also has earlier drug convictions.     Ray is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary and a parole violation, so he’ll go back up until 2013.

I really hope he enjoyed his brief time out and got a lot of good use out of those toys.   And many thanks to Ells, who first broke this story in the forums before they had a suspect.  Also, thanks to my local sources, some of whom know this guy.  I love the ‘Zarks.

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