Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested two Lakeland women on New Year's Eve (December 31, 2012) after they went into the Publix Liquor Store at 6767 US Hwy 98 North in Lakeland and stole several bottles of liquor. The tag number of the suspect vehicle was given to deputies just after the crime occurred, and the women were picked up the same day. They were both still wearing the clothes they wore during the crime, and they were still in possession of the stolen alcohol.
The women can be seen in surveillance video entering the store around 3:14 p.m., walking around for five minutes, putting bottles of liquor in their large purses, and then leaving the store. The women are identified as 23-year-old Jolisa Franklin (DOB 9/14/1989) and 37-year-old Shenicka Whittington (DOB 9/8/1975), both of Lakeland. Franklin is seen in the video wearing dark colored scrubs pants and a multi-colored scrubs shirt. Whittington is seen in the video wearing a flowered dress.
Franklin was charged with one count Grand Theft and has since bonded out of jail.
This is Whittington's 22nd trip to the Polk County Jail. She is still in jail on several charges, including Grand Theft. Her 21 prior arrests include charges such as: Grand Theft, Larceny, Felony Petit Theft, Resisting a Merchant (she was sentenced to 1 year in state prison on those charges in January 2011); Resisting Arrest; Dealing in Stolen Property; Giving False Name to LEO; Failure to Appear; Violation of Probation, and other theft-related charges.
"Here's another example of how we work together with the law-abiding citizens in the community to swiftly apprehend criminals. These two suspects thought they would help themselves to some bottles of liquor, to celebrate the New Year. Instead, they spent the holiday locked up in the county jail." - Sheriff Grady Judd