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Condoms, sex toys found on property of Raleigh man accused of targeting kids

Posted June 27, 2013
Updated June 28, 2013

Thomas Arnold Flora makes his first court appearance on June 26, 2013, on multiple charges.

— 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."


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  • 678devilish Jun 28, 2013

    Parents while this man is riding around looking for YOUR young children, how are you making it safe for them? You have a major part in keeping your children safe even from predators. It don't take but a second to snatch a child. Wake up parents and take more responsibilty when it comes to the safety of your children. Don't allow them to play outside alone. You be there with them.

  • Bartmeister Jun 28, 2013


  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jun 28, 2013

    yuck !

  • Holy Carp. Jun 28, 2013

    Yes. It takes a bag of weed to get you up to a million. - AL-CIA-DUH

    They did find weed at his house. You unobservant readers are running rampant.

    I think they were making a simple statement that a person can get one million bail set for pot but a smaller bail for crimes against kids. Maybe you may want to reel that comment back in since you cast it out so quickly. : )

  • outhousecat Jun 28, 2013

    If is guy did what he's accused of, he needs to be locked up forever. He's not your neighborhood pedo or funny uncle, he's out looking to kidnap and sexually abuse stranger kids, then do who-knows-what after he's done with them. This guy has all the marks of a sexual predator, and they don't stop until they're dead. I don't care what kind of sex toys he has. If he had been using them at home like a normal person, the world wouldn't be privy to his collection to start with.

  • SaltlifeLady Jun 28, 2013

    This man is obviously guilty of something but finding condoms and sex toys in the apartment of a 31 yo man is not unusual. he had a girlfriend until all this broke out. Not sure why that is the headline. It has nothing to do with the other. Just sayin'. The rest of it is just sick.

  • streetglide Jun 28, 2013

    children are soft targets, so parent should explain the need to knwo who, what and when, and also how to ID a stranger and license number. Play a game, where if they (kids) remember a license plate for 2 days, they get a reward, that way they become much better at remebering than having to write it down, sometimes there is not enough time. Let the police track the car/truck down and ask the questions, so much of the time, people like this have so much to hide they convict themselves.

  • webrockiv Jun 28, 2013

    only $180,000 bond? JAT June 28, 2013 8:05 a.m. Report abuse

    Yes. It takes a bag of weed to get you up to a million. - AL-CIA-DUH

    They did find weed at his house. You unobservant readers are running rampant.

  • dontstopnow Jun 28, 2013

    Why didn't one of these parents just shoot this guy when he tried to grab their kids???>! I am sorry but I would have planted him deep over that and then save the tax payers the trouble of supporting his the rest of his sorry life!

  • SailbadTheSinner Jun 28, 2013

    I think my problem with the headline is that, to me, it implies that the mere possession of these items is somehow ‘wrong.’

    I believe that almost any item can be used in a way that is illegal, immoral, or just plain bad. And, to be perfectly clear, I don’t support these uses in any way.

    But the headline neither says, nor implies, that these items were used in any inappropriate way. It simply states that the items were ‘found on the property.’

    If there were something truly wrong with possession of these things there are a lot of folks that would be in trouble….

    Again, I think that the headline is intended to inflame passions against the person that is accused.

    All that said, I also think that the evidence against him is pretty damning and that little more will be needed to ‘inflame passions.’