Florida Dad Joked About Pawning Baby; Cops Took It Seriously

SARASOTA, FL — A Florida dad walked into a pawn shop on Tuesday, plopped down an infant carrier on the counter and asked the store owner if he could pawn a baby.

The owner of the store was speechless.

“The subject then repeated it two more times,” according to Sarasota police.

Owner Richard Jordan of A&F Pawn Jewelry and Loan finally asked the man what he could do for him.

“The subject then repeated ‘can you pawn a baby,'” Sarasota police explained.

The dad, who was later identified as 43-year-old Brian Slocum of Sarasota, picked up the baby carrier and started to leave the store.

“As he was leaving, he made the comment, ‘I just need a babysitter for like two weeks,” said Sarasota police.

Slocum later said the entire incident was a prank, but not until Sarasota police expended “vast” resources to make sure the child was safe. Police asked the public to help identify the dad while officers reviewed traffic surveillance cameras and store security footage for clues.

No charges were immediately filed in the case.

Watch the surveillance video of the incident below:

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. at 1155 North Washington Boulevard in Sarasota.

“At the time, we did not know the relationship of Mr. Slocum and his child, therefore, the Sarasota Police Department utilized vast resources from several divisions to locate the child and identify Mr. Slocum,” said Lt. Robert Armstrong of the Sarasota Police Department.

“The pawn shop clerk did take the comments made by Mr. Slocum very serious, and we appreciate him immediately notifying the Sarasota Police Department,” Armstrong added.

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