Condoms, sex toys found on property of Raleigh man accused of targeting kids
Posted June 27, 2013
Updated June 28, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Investigators recovered condoms and several sex toys, as well as other items from the personal property of a Raleigh man accused of driving around in a green pickup truck looking for children, according to a search warrant returned Thursday.
The June 25 warrant, for Thomas Arnold Flora's 2002 green Dodge Ram pickup truck and his home at 1803-C Hillcock Drive, also says that a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl both identified him as the person who approached them in a green pickup truck on two occasions more than a year apart and made advances toward them.
Flora, 31, was arrested Tuesday on three counts of second-degree kidnapping and two counts each of indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child in connection with crimes that police say happened between May 2010 and June 2013.
The 13-year-old girl told police, the warrant's affidavit says, that a man she identified in a photo line-up as Flora drove up in a green car to an apartment complex on Deep Hollow Drive on May 16, 2010, asking her personal questions before showing her his orange tongue ring.
The girl saw the man again on another occasion in a green pickup truck and then a third time prior to an April 2, 2012, crime in which Flora allegedly exposed himself to a 4-year-old girl and then tried to drag away the child.
The warrant indicates that he allegedly approached the 12-year-old girl on Sept. 5, 2011, in the same apartment complex and asked her to show him where a certain address was. They talked on several occasions, and he also allegedly asked her to meet him at a nearby park, according to the warrant.
The 12-year-old and 13-year-old both identified Flora in April 2012, the warrant states, but Flora denied the allegations, saying he had never been on Deep Hollow Drive. But he did admit that he used to have a tongue ring.
Four months later, on Aug. 13, 2012, the warrant says, the mother of a 6-year-old boy told police that a man driving a green truck registered to Flora grabbed her son's arm and walked toward his truck on Varsity Drive. When she yelled at him, Flora reportedly got into his truck and drove away but not before she could write down his license plate number.
The mother also reported previously seeing the truck in the area and said she believed he was watching children.
And last Monday, police say, a 35-year-old woman observed the same green truck parked in the same area of Varsity Drive and saw a man drive by with his pants pulled to his knees and a gold condom wrapper on the ground where the truck had been parked.
That woman also identified Flora in a photo lineup.
Police also recovered from Flora's house and truck several computers and electronic storage devices, an Iver Johnson 5-Shot revolver, Glock 9 mm magazines, a small bottle of marijuana, several cameras and other items.
Flora was in the Wake County jail Thursday under a $180,000 bond.
Authorities are concerned that there could be more victims and ask that anyone who might have seen the green pickup truck or had contact with Flora to call police at 919-834-4357.
"I'm always concerned when we have multiple reports over several years with stranger victims," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said Wednesday. "I'm hopeful that anyone who has information about a potential other victim would contact the Raleigh Police Department."