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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/10/2014 

 PCSO Organized Retail Crime Unit Arrests Self-Proclaimed "Career Shoplifter" 


 

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, the Polk County Sheriff's Organized Retail Crime Unit, which focuses on investigations involving organized theft from retail stores, arrested 56-year-old Richard McIntosh of 1260 37th Street NW in Winter Haven, for two separate shoplifting incidents at two Home Depots - one in Lakeland and one in Winter Haven.

 

On December 6, 2013, McIntosh stole $320 worth of wire from the store in Lakeland, and on January 5, 2014, he stole $180 worth of screws from the store in Winter Haven.  After his arrest, McIntosh told detectives and Home Depot loss prevention that he shoplifts "2 or 3 times per week," taking gift cards and merchandise from Home Depot, netting "$600 to $700 per day" and selling what he steals on the streets in exchange for crack-cocaine.  McIntosh claims he has been doing this for the past 25 years.

 

Although McIntosh claims this is the first time he has "been caught for shoplifting," he has been in the Polk County Jail on 26 prior occasions, for a variety of charges, from drug-related crimes to aggravated assault, battery, and robbery.  See list below.

 

 

"Richard McIntosh is the poster child for why our agency recently formed an Organized Retail Crime Unit, partnering with retailers countywide to combat the theft of their merchandise.  When a shoplifter is arrested in Polk County, our detectives dig deeper to determine if it's an isolated incident, or something more.  We will continue to work with merchants such as Home Depot, Beall's, Target, and others to crack down on those who make a living by stealing."  - Sheriff Grady Judd.

 

McIntosh was booked into the Polk County Jail on one count Retail Theft ($1,000 bond), one count Fraud ($1,000 bond), and one count Petit Theft ($250 bond).

 

 

McIntosh's Polk County Arrest History:

 

1991-010855  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 08/01/1991 11/01/1991

1991-018050  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 12/12/1991 02/20/1992

1992-013828  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 09/19/1992 03/12/1993

1994-018798  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1953 12/19/1994 04/18/1995

1995-010150  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 06/22/1995 07/21/1995

1995-017247  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 10/21/1995 02/01/1996

1999-012729  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 06/15/1999 08/05/1999

2002-007513  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 04/08/2002 04/10/2002

2003-000132  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 01/03/2003 02/11/2003

2003-014206  MCINTOSH JR, RICHARD  06/18/1957 07/02/2003 10/23/2003

2003-025253  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 11/20/2003 12/02/2003

2005-007736  MCINTOSH JR, RICHARD  06/18/1957 04/01/2005 04/20/2005

2005-030612  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 12/25/2005 01/26/2006

2007-006900  MCINTOSH JR, RICHARD  06/18/1957 03/20/2007 05/10/2007

2008-007636  MCINTOSH JR, RICHARD  06/18/1957 03/28/2008 05/27/2008

2008-014705  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 06/19/2008 06/24/2008

2009-003997  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 02/18/2009 02/19/2009

2012-026240  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 10/16/2012 11/02/2012

2013-026359  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 12/01/2013 12/04/2013

2014-000585  MCINTOSH, RICHARD     06/18/1957 01/09/2014            

1988-009641  MCINTOSH, RICHARD JR  06/18/1957 09/10/1988 10/21/1988

2011-022024  MCINTOSH, RICHARD J   06/18/1957 09/17/2011 09/18/2011

1990-006625  MCINTOSH, RICHARD JR  06/18/1957 05/11/1990 06/30/1990

1990-010682  MCINTOSH, RICHARD JR  06/18/1957 08/03/1990 12/19/1990

1991-004275  MCINTOSH, RICHARD JR  06/18/1957 03/28/1991 05/09/1991

1991-007606  MCINTOSH, RICHARD JR  06/18/1957 05/30/1991 05/30/1991

1998-024470  MCINTOSH, RICHARD M   06/18/1957 12/10/1998 02/01/1999