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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, Scott

Director of Communications 
News Date: 4/11/2014 

 Operation Sticky Hands: PCSO Organized Retail Crime Detectives Make 41 Arrests During Two Day Operation 


From Wednesday, April 9th through Thursday, April 10th, 2014, detectives assigned to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Unit arrested 37 suspects for various retail theft charges after conducting surveillance at a number of Polk County retail stores during “Operation Sticky Hands.”  Detectives worked closely with multiple loss prevention staff at the following retailers in Polk County during the two day operation:  Marshalls & T.J.Maxx, Target, Bealls & Bealls Outlets, Walmart, Publix, Home Depot, Belk, and Walgreens.  4 others were arrested on other (non-theft) charges.   

“Retail theft is a persistent problem for our retailers—shoplifting drives up the cost of goods we all buy.  We don’t put up with it in Polk County.  If we catch you stealing from a local store, we are going to arrest you and do everything we can to let people know you are a thief.   Remember:  We give free rides (in the back of a patrol car) if you get caught shoplifting in Polk County.”  —Grady Judd, Sheriff 

Of those arrested, 18 are receiving some form of government/public assistance, and 32 of the suspects have criminal histories. 

Arrested on Wednesday and Thursday were: 

Jose Gonzalez, DOB 11/9/81, of 507 Springfield, Chicopee, MA; charged with: one count Retail Theft; Gonzalez, who is here on business, was observed stealing a Belkin phone charger valued at $42.00 from a Walmart in north Lakeland; criminal history includes: Possession of Marijuana, DUI, Delivery of Controlled Substance, Indecency With a Child. 

Miles David Wilson, DOB 8/4/64, of 1015 Florence Ave in Lakeland; charged with: one count Felony Retail Theft; he was observed stealing cologne and sunglasses valued at $500.00 from Belk at Lakeside Village; he receives gov’t assistance; his criminal history includes: Grand Theft, FTA, Larceny, Shoplifting, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Petit Theft, VOP. 

Naomi Guy, DOB 10/28/83, of 710 Strain in Lakeland; charged with: one count Felony Retail Theft (3rd or Subsequent Offense); Guy was with Shane Larmon; she was observed stealing shorts and a shirt valued at $20.00 from the Beall’s Outlet in north Lakeland; she receives gov’t assistance; her criminal history includes: Petit Theft, Shoplifting, VOP, Robbery, Battery, FTA, Giving False Name to LEO, Grand Theft, Fraud; she was just released from the Polk County Jail on March 4, 2014; she has been additionally charged by another PCSO detective in an active Fraud case during which she cashed forged checks at Amscot. 

Shane Larmon, DOB 10/31/87, of 2405 Gress Lane in Lakeland; charged with: Felony Retail Theft (3rd or Subsequent Offense), Possession of Meth & Paraphernalia; he was with Naomi Guy; he was observed stealing a Nike belt valued at $18.00 from the Beall’s Outlet in north Lakeland; he applied for gov’t assistance in April 2014; criminal history includes: Petit Theft, Escape, Resisting Arrest, Battery on LEO, Burglary, Larceny, Grand Theft, FTA, VOP, Drug Possession. 

Dijani Guilford, DOB 7/16/95, of 2224 S. Crystal Lake Dr. in Lakeland, charged with: Retail Theft; she was with Jasmine Jones & Qulyshia Adams; she was observed stealing cosmetics and clothes valued at $129.00 from a Walmart in north Lakeland; she receives government assistance; criminal history includes: Battery Domestic Violence. 

JUVENILE MALE, 16-years-old, Lakeland; charged with: one count Retail Theft; the juvenile was observed stealing PS3 headphones and an iPod speaker valued at $130.00 from a Walmart in north Lakeland. 

Linda Matherly, DOB 9/14/60, of 3240 Strickland Rd in Lakeland; charged with: one count Retail Theft; Matherly was observed stealing pet food valued at $28.00 from a Walmart in north Lakeland. 

Qulyshia Adams, DOB 7/22/93, of 5320 Serena Drive #A in Lakeland, charged with: Retail Theft; she was with Dijani Guilford & Jasmine Jones; she was observed stealing cosmetics and clothes valued at $129.00 from a Walmart in north Lakeland; she receives gov’t assistance; criminal history includes: Dealing in Stolen Property. 

Jasmine Jones, DOB 4/27/93, of 3667 Country Lane in Lakeland, charged with: Retail Theft; she was with Dijani Guilford & Q. Adams; she was observed stealing cosmetics and clothes valued at $129.00 from a Walmart in north Lakeland; she receives gov’t assistance; criminal history includes: Possession of Explosive Device at School, Fraud, Failure to Deliver Hired Vehicle. 

Judy White, DOB 7/4/46, of 1571 Churchill Ct in Lakeland, charged with: Retail Theft; she was observed stealing clothes valued at $118.00 while in the dressing room at Bealls Outlet in south Lakeland; criminal history includes: DWLSR. 

Hayden Huckery, DOB 8/22/95, of 2179 Malachite Dr in Lakeland, charged with: Retail Theft, Giving False Info to LEO; he was observed stealing cough medicine from a Walmart in north Lakeland.  He told deputies he intended to use the cough medicine to get high.

Steven Barwick, DOB 8/1/83, Lakeland, charged with: Retail Theft, Resisting Arrest, VOP; he was observed stealing three flashlights valued at $133.00 from a Walmart in south Lakeland; he’s currently on probation for drug possession; criminal history includes: Shoplifting, Larceny, Marijuana Possession, Burglary, DSP, Giving False Info, Battery, DWLSR, FTA, Possession of Paraphernalia; he was recently released (3/25/14) from Polk Co. Jail and given probation.  

Chad Berrien, DOB 3/3/76, of 1220 N. Lincoln Ave in Lakeland, charged with: Felony Retail Theft (3rd or Subsequent Offense), Possession of Cocaine, Use of Anti-Shoplifting Device, Resisting Arrest; he was observed stealing three pairs of shoes valued at $125.00 from Beall’s Outlet in north Lakeland; criminal history includes: Conveyance Burglary, Cocaine Possession, Grand Theft, Sale of Cocaine, Agg Fleeing to Elude, Residential Burglary, GTA, Petit Theft, Grand Theft. 

Sebrina Huegel, DOB 7/17/88, of 9257 Ruth Rd in Polk City, charged with: Retail Theft; was with Tammy Roberts; she was observed stealing cosmetics from a Walmart in north Lakeland valued at $53.00; she receives gov’t assistance; criminal history includes: Battery Domestic Violence. 

Tammy Roberts, DOB 4/15/83, of 9257 Ruth Rd in Polk City, charged with: Retail Theft; was with Sebrina Huegel; she was observed stealing cosmetics from a Walmart in north Lakeland valued at $5.00; criminal history includes: Battery Domestic Violence, Possession of Harmful Drug, Possession of Controlled Substance, Contempt of Court, VOP; she’s been serving a 131-day sentence for VOP in the Polk Co. Jail Inmate Work Program. 

Michael Connell, DOB 12/14/81, of 2212 Lightning Rod Ln in Plant City, charged with: Retail Theft, Resisting Arrest; he was observed stealing clothes from a Walmart in north Lakeland; he receives gov’t assistance; criminal history includes: GTA, Cocaine Possession, Burglary, Grand Larceny, Battery DV, VOP, Possession of Paraphernalia, Marijuana Possession. 

Chinisha Jackson, DOB 2/9/94, of 812 Dr. MLK Blvd East in Plant City, charged with: Grand Theft; she was observed authorizing three transactions adding $904 to payroll and gift cards at a Walmart in north Lakeland; he receives gov’t assistance; criminal history includes: Possession of Paraphernalia. 

Patsy Martin, DOB 9/26/57, of 304 South Bassadena Circle in Lakeland, charged with: Felony Retail Theft (3rd or Subsequent Offense); she was observed stealing miscellaneous items valued at $139.00 from a Target in south Lakeland; she receives gov’t assistance; extensive criminal history includes: 23 charges dating back to 1980, including Petit Theft, Grand Theft, Retail Theft, Robbery, DSP, Drug Possession. 

Kameshia Johnson, DOB 7/11/91, of 2604 Sunshine Dr in Lakeland; charged with: Retail Theft; she was observed stealing earrings and underwear valued at $26.00 from Bealls Outlet in south Lakeland; she receives gov’t assistance. 

Keante Nuemon, DOB 09/28/93, 5414 Ivory Lane, Lakeland; charged with:  Grand Theft; Walmart employee arrested at north Lakeland Wal-Mart regarding an internal grand theft where she authorized two separate transactions indicating that money was received and added to gift cards. Total monetary loss was $186.00. She was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  Criminal history:  Grand Theft. 

Robert Lee Nelson, DOB 04/06/71, Lakeland; charged with:  Retail Theft (Felony) & Resisting Merchant; arrested at the Home Depot located north Lakeland, he concealed breakers and copper with a monetary value of $847.09. He was trespassed from Home Depot; he is receiving public assistance.  Criminal history:  extensive dating to 1988:  Resisting w/o & Disorderly; Resisting w/o, disorderly, FTA, cocaine possession; disorderly night prowl, cocaine sale, cocaine possession, trespass; cocaine possess, fleeing to elude, resisting w/o, escape, cocaine sale, obstruction; resisting w/o; GTA & LEO Battery; forgery/uttering x 2, grand theft x 2; forgery & grand theft; Cocaine possession, introducing drug/weapon in county facility. 

JUVENILE MALE, 17-years-old, Lakeland; charged with retail theft and violation of probation; he was arrested at the S. Lakeland Wal-Mart located for stealing Pringles with a monetary value of $1.50. He told detectives he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and he stole the potato chips because he was hungry.  He was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  Criminal history:  domestic violence Battery; violation of probation (Imposed conditions); Crimes against person, VOP, Grand Theft, & Petit Theft. 

JUVENILE FEMALE, 16-years-old; Lakeland; charged with Retail Theft; she was with an adult, Stephanie Harris. She was arrested at the north Lakeland Wal-Mart for concealing food products valued at  $303.48. She told deputies she was the “lookout”.  She was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  Criminal history:  Assault on an officer, resisting w/o, & felony criminal mischief. 

Stephanie Harris, DOB 01/13/1984; 1212 N. Texas Avenue, Lakeland; charged with:  Felony Retail Theft; VOP; Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor; she was with a 17-year-old female juvenile.  She was arrested at the north Lakeland Wal-Mart for concealing food products valued at  $303.48. She was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  She is receiving public assistance & had possession of eight (8) government free phones.  She has an extensive criminal history:  2002-Non Support Child Support; 2003-Non Support Child Support; 2005-Non Support Child Support; 2007-Non Support Child Support; 2009-Grand Theft, DWLSR, & FTA; 2011-WAOJ, FTA, & Grand Theft; 2012-Burglary Dwelling, Grand Theft, & VOP. 

Eveling Findlay; DOB 11/22/1978; 403 Tarawa Street, Lakeland; charged with retail theft; She was arrested at the Bealls Outlet located in north Lakeland for concealing clothing while in the dressing room. These items had a monetary value of $41.97. She was trespassed from Bealls Outlet. 

Brooks R. Maxey, 01/04/1987, 3918 Bent Tree Loop, Lakeland; charged with retail theft & dealing in stolen property; he was arrested at the north Lakeland Target for using a previous receipt which he used to get a credit for an item he picked up in the store and did not purchase—he unlawfully received $26.74 in currency.  He was trespassed from Target.  Criminal history:  2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Robyn Danielle Hilton, DOB 08/23/92, 525 Louise Drive, Lakeland; charged with retail theft; She was with Kaitlynn Griffith; she was arrested at the south Lakeland Wal-Mart for concealing cosmetics and false nails with a monetary value of $13.69. She was trespassed from Wal-Mart. 

Kaitlynn Griffith, DOB 04/30/1993, 122 E. Belmar Street #C, Lakeland; charged with retail theft; She was with Robyn Hilton; she was arrested at the south Lakeland Wal-Mart for concealing cosmetics and false nails with a monetary value of $13.69. She was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  

Douglas Burnett, DOB 06/29/1966; Lakeland; charged with Felony Retail theft; Possession of Cannabis under 20 grams; Warrant for Burglary; and VOP;  he was arrested at the south Lakeland Wal-Mart for concealing a bicycle light with a monetary value of $28.86. During a search incident to arrest, he was found to be in possession of cannabis less than 20 grams.  He was trespassed from Wal-Mart . He is receiving public assistance.  Criminal history (extensive):  1984-Burglary, Grand Theft, & Petit Theft; 1985-VOP, Grand theft, Burglary, Loitering & Resisting w/o, VOP; 1996-Resisting, FTA, Burglary, FTA, & DSP; 2002-petit theft, Resisting, False name to LEO, Burglary, grand theft, & petit theft; 2011-GTA, VOP; 2012-grand theft. 

Timothy Dunbar, DOB 10/06/78; 4556 S. Remington Road, Lakeland; charged with Felony retail theft (3rd offense) & VOP; he was arrested at the south Lakeland Wal-Mart for placing items valued at $9.98 in a shopping cart and bypassing all cash registers making no attempts to pay for the merchandise.  He was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  Mr. Dunbar is currently receiving Public Assistance.  Criminal history:  1998-grand theft; 2008-petit theft; 2010-robbery w/firearm & sudden snatching. 

Gladys Perez-Torres, DOB 03/30/64; 1129 Old South Drive, Lakeland; charged with retail theft; she was arrested at the south Lakeland Beall’s Outlet for concealing clothing items with a monetary value of $56.94. she was trespassed from Beall’s Outlet. 

Willie Lee White, Jr., DOB, 03/04/63, 520 W. Myrtle, Lakeland; charged with retail theft; he was arrested at the Bealls Outlet in north Lakeland for concealing four bottles of cologne valued at $19.96. He was trespassed from Bealls. He is currently receiving public assistance.  He has an extensive criminal history with over 40 previous arrests:  Disorderly; Resisting w/o; GTA; shoplifting; FTA; Cocaine; cannabis, grand theft, robbery, VOP; L & P; VOP & Cocaine; Criminal Sexual Battery & Neglect Child; Cocaine & battery; robbery w/o a firearm; Petit Theft 3rd conviction); Carrying Concealed; Burglary; Shoplifting; Petit Theft.  

Lois Page, DOB 08/17/1947; 6268 Scenic View Drive Lakeland; charged with retail theft; she was arrested at the north Lakeland Wal-Mart located in Lakeland for concealing household products valued at $7.78. She was trespassed from Wal-Mart. 

JUVENILE MALE, 14-years-old; Lakeland; charged with retail theft; he was arrested at the Wal-Mart in north Lakeland for concealing 21 packages of gum valued at $39.36. He was trespassed from Wal-Mart. 

JUVENILE FEMALE, 12-years-old; Lakeland; charged with retail theft; she was arrested at Wal-Mart in north Lakeland for concealing nail products valued at $17.06. She was trespassed from Wal-Mart.  

JUVENILE MALE, 17-years-old, Lakeland; charged with retail theft; was arrested at the Wal-Mart located in north Lakeland for concealing miscellaneous items valued at approximately $35.00 on his person.  He was trespassed from Wal-Mart. 

Tee Valentine Vanover, DOB 01/10/1978, Lakeland; charged with retail theft;  he was arrested at the Target located on Harden Blvd. in Lakeland for concealing clothing items valued at approximately $193.59 on his person. He was trespassed from Target.  He is receiving public assistance.  He has an extensive criminal history including 36 arrests in Polk County since 1996:  Concealed weapon; robbery, cocaine; trespass, disorderly, FTA, VOP; failure to leave property; trespass; counterfeiting, DWLSR, Forgery, Alter public record, giving false name, battery; VOP; 2004-Cocaine; resisting w/o, VOP; VOP; Cocaine; trespass. 

OTHER ARRESTS during the operation were: 

Amber Keetch, DOB 3/10/82, of 11950 Lakeland Acres Rd in Lakeland, charged with: DWLSR, Possession of Hydrocodone & Paraphernalia; was with Christina Gunther; criminal history includes: Grand Theft, Fraud, VOP, Drug Possession. 

Christine Gunther, DOB 12/9/69, of 4668 Senander Ln in Lakeland, charged with: 2 counts Possession of Controlled Substance; was with Amber Keetch; criminal history includes: Worthless Check, DWLSR, VOP. 

Dustin Williams, DOB 08/21/1987; 191 Dairy Road, #A, Auburndale; charged with possession of cannabis under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia; he was with Dustin Williams; while detectives were awaiting a tow truck for an unrelated incident, Mr. Williams and the co-defendant arrived on scene rolling a marijuana cigarette.  Criminal history:  2006-Criminal mischief, VOP, Assault; 2007-marijuana possession & trespass; 2008-VOP & battery; 2010-possession of liquor by minor & battery; 2011-kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary & battery; 2012-trasnport dangerous material & FTA. 

Joseph A Gioia, DOB 06/18/198; 1119 South Blvd., Lakeland; charged with possession of cannabis under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia; he was with Joseph Gioia; while detectives were awaiting a tow truck for an unrelated incident, Mr. Williams and the co-defendant arrived on scene rolling a marijuana cigarette.  Criminal history:  2011-Marijuana; 2012-retail theft, receiving stolen property & theft of services.