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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/15/2015 

 “Operation Free Ride” Organized Retail Crime Investigation Results in 36 Arrests 


 

“Operation Free Ride”

Organized Retail Crime Investigation Results in 36 Arrests

 

 

From Wednesday, July 8th through Saturday, July 11th, the PCSO Organized Retail Crimes Unit and partnering entities conducted a countywide operation focusing on those who shoplift from Polk County retail stores, and made 36 arrests.

 

“All of these suspects earned a ‘free ride’ to the county jail after attempting to steal merchandise. Our Organized Retail Crime task force works with area retailers and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend those who refuse to comply with the law. We are sending out this warning to everyone: if you shoplift in Polk County, you will go to jail.” – Sheriff Grady Judd

 

The participating businesses involved in this investigation from Auburndale, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, and Haines City, were:

·         Bealls

·         Bealls Outlet

·         Home Depot

·         Lowes

·         Macy’s

·         Target

·         TJ Maxx

·         Walmart

 

Detectives worked with loss prevention personnel at each store, focusing on identifying suspects who were trying to conceal items on their person and leave the stores without paying, and who were scanning items not being purchased in order to pay less for the items. Some of the suspects were consuming food in the stores, without paying for it.

 

Of the 36 arrests, 30 were for Retail Theft, and 6 were for other crimes discovered during the investigation. Of the 36 arrests, 4 of those arrested were juveniles – 3 for shoplifting, and one for marijuana possession. PCSO filed a total of 46 misdemeanor charges and 10 felony charges against the 36 suspects. The total value of items stolen by these suspects is $691.00.

 

29 of the suspects have criminal histories, and 13 of the suspects told detectives they are receiving government assistance. Those with criminal histories have a combined total of 110 previous misdemeanor and 102 previous felony charges.

 

During the operation, PCSO simultaneously hosted the second annual Organized Retail Crime Training, with 40 hours of instruction for law enforcement officers from across the country. The students were able to observe firsthand how to investigate retail theft and how to facilitate partnerships with retail loss prevention investigators to help prevent and solve crimes.


Those arrested, in order of arrest, were:

 

31-year-old Ryan D. Alexander of 9153 Courtney Way in Davenport; arrested at Haines City Walmart for concealing gas relief medication in his pocket, and ingesting Alka Seltzer in the store; he had $62.00 in his pocket at the time. His criminal history includes arrests for Battery and Battery Domestic Violence. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He told detectives he is employed by Disney World.

 

42-year-old Nathan S. Stokes of 3553 North Scenic Hwy in Lake Wales; arrested at Lake Wales Lowes for pocketing a tire plugging kit valued at $10.00. His criminal history includes arrests for Grand Theft, Burglary, Forgery, Drug Possession; Trespassing, and VOP. He was charged with one count Felony Retail Theft. He told detectives he receives $198/month in government assistance. 

 

61-year-0ld John W. Blackford of 11160 B US Hwy 17-92 in Davenport; arrested at Haines City Walmart for bagging 11 items worth $48.00 in the self-checkout line but not paying for them, although he had $100 cash in his pocket. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.  

 

42-year-old Kelli Smith of 138 Nicholson Drive in Davenport; arrested at Haines City Walmart for concealing Gorilla glue, printer ink, and OTC medication valued at $79.00 in her purse. Her criminal history includes arrests for DWLSR. She was charged with one count Retail Theft. She told detectives she receives $900/month in government assistance.

 

39-year-old Tony Ziko of 1115 Haley Ridge Court in Kissimmee; arrested at Haines City Walmart for concealing a USB cable valued at $13.00. His criminal history includes traffic violations. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

Two 14-year-old juveniles from Haines City were arrested together at Haines City Walmart for taking a pair of headphones valued at $20.00. They told detectives they planned on selling the headphones for $20.00. They were both charged with one count Retail Theft. One of the juveniles told detectives his family receives government assistance (unknown amount).

 

40-year-old Joseph Lupo of 390 Crane Lane in Haines City; arrested near Haines City Walmart by undercover detectives when he engaged in a narcotics transaction with the detectives. His criminal history includes traffic charges. He was charged with one count each Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia.

 

43-year-old Danny R. Mosley of 4935 Sand Mountain Loop Rd in Auburndale; arrested at Auburndale Walmart with Robert Martin for concealing tools valued at $123.00. His criminal history includes arrests for Grand Theft, Fleeing to Elude, Drug Possession, VOP, and Burglary. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

53-year-old Robert A. Martin of 2965 Cornelius Court in Lakeland; arrested at Auburndale Walmart with Danny Mosley, whom he was assisting in stealing power tools. His criminal history includes arrests for Drug Trafficking & Possession, Battery, VOP, Dealing in Stolen Property, Disorderly Conduct, Forgery, Child Cruelty. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He told detectives he receives $194.00/month in government assistance.

 

52-year-old Laura A. Cerrone of 507 Florida Drive Apt B in Auburndale; arrested at Auburndale Walmart for putting makeup in her purse valued at $5.00. Her criminal history includes arrests for Battery DV, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, and Filing False Police Report. She was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

60-year-old Wanda Shrader of 1341 Avenue S NW in Winter Haven; arrested for DWLSR when deputies observed her run a stop sign and conducted a traffic stop. She was charged with one count DWLSR Knowingly. She told detectives she receives $189/month in government assistance.

 

A 17-year-old juvenile from Auburndale was arrested at Auburndale Walmart with Anthony Dyer for taking a packet of lighters valued at $14.00. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

18-year-old Anthony Dyer of 131 Anarece Ave in Auburndale; arrested with a 17-yr-old juvenile suspect for taking a packet of lighters valued at $15.00. His criminal history includes Petit Theft and Failure to Appear. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He was arrested just two days after being let out of jail on pre-trial release – those charges were Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.

 

30-year-old Crystal Dimmitri of 2318 Trenton Rd East in Lakeland; arrested with Paul Hammock in the Auburndale Walmart parking lot when deputies observed her not wearing a seatbelt and conducted a traffic stop; deputies found illegal drugs in the car. Her criminal history includes arrests for Grand Theft of a Firearm, Battery DV, Dealing in Stolen Property, Grand Theft, VOP, FTA, and Child Neglect. She was charged with one count each Possession of Marijuana, Meth, and Paraphernalia; DWLSR; Trespassing.

 

35-year-old Paul Hammock of 2318 Trenton Rd East in Lakeland; arrested with Crystal Dimmitri in the Auburndale Walmart parking lot when deputies observed Crystal not wearing a seatbelt and conducted a traffic stop; deputies found illegal drugs in the car. His criminal history includes arrests for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Drug Possessoin, Grand Theft, Fleeing to Elude, and FTA. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Meth, Rx Without a Prescription, and Paraphernalia; Keeping Vehicle for Drug Use; Trespassing.

 

58-year-old Radhames Oropeza of 5886 Windridge Drive in Winter Haven; arrested at Winter Haven Lowes for concealing a Dewalt diamond blade valued at $36.00. His criminal history includes arrests for DWLSR and Fraud. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He is currently on federal probation for Fraud.

 

24-year-old Justin Torres of 2222 Leo Drive in Auburndale; arrested at Auburndale Walmart for concealing cheese valued at $7.00. His criminal history includes an arrest for Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

19-year-old Triston Kuykendall of 132 Herbert Street in Auburndale; arrested with Randall Smith & Carole Frymire at the Auburndale Walmart for eating food in the deli area without paying for it. His criminal history includes arrests for Possession of Marijuana & Paraphernalia, Burglary, Petit Theft, and VOP. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He told detectives he receives $194/month in government assistance.

 

28-year-old Randall Smith of 4950 Sugarfoot Ave in Lake Wales; arrested with Triston Kuykendall & Carole Frymire at the Auburndale Walmart for eating food in the deli area without paying for it. His criminal history includes an arrest for FTA. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

18-year-old Carole Frymire of 132 Herbert St in Auburndale; arrested with Triston Kuykendall & Randall Smith at the Auburndale Walmart for eating food in the deli area without paying for it. Her criminal history includes arrests for Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Battery on School Employee, and VOP. She was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

23-year-old Cassandra Lock of 588 Howard Road in Auburndale; arrested at Auburndale Walmart for swapping a tag from a bandanna and putting it on a pair of shorts, and concealing a blood test kit valued at $17.00. Her criminal history includes Disorderly Conduct, Burglary, Grand Theft, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing to Elude, Drug Possession, Fraud, Trespassing. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. She was arrested on June 18, 2015, and was sentenced to 21 days in the Inmate Work Release program – a sentence she was serving when she was arrested for shoplifting.

 

51-year-old Brian Raulerson, no known address; arrested at Winter Haven Home Depot after filling a bucket with $34.00 worth of items and making a cash refund as if he purchased the items. His criminal history includes arrests for DUI, DWLSR, and several different Drug Possession charges. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

A 16-year-old juvenile from Lakeland was arrested with Austin Martin & Elizabeth Cadenhead at Walmart in Lakeland when deputies found illegal drugs in her car. She was charged with one count each Possession of Marijuana, Meth, and Paraphernalia.

 

19-year-old Austin Martin of 930 80 Foot Rd in Bartow was arrested with a 16-yr-old girl and Elizabeth Cadenhead at Walmart in Lakeland for consuming cookies and a drink in the store without paying for it. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

18-year-old Elizabeth Cadenhead of 1365 Ritter Rd in Lakeland was arrested with a 16-yr-old girl and Austin Martin for consuming cookies and a drink in the store without paying for it. She was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

54-year-old Keith Hawkins of 855 Providence Reserve in Lakeland; arrested at Home Depot for concealing a pair of pliers valued at $9.00. His criminal history includes arrests for Retail Theft, Trespassing, Drug Possession, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief, Attempted Robbery. He was charged with one count each Retail Theft and VOP. He is currently on probation for Robbery. He told detectives he receives $194/month in government assistance.

 

47-year-old Jose Duarte of 7342 Briarbay Loop in Lakeland; arrested at Home Depot in Lakeland for concealing a tape measure valued at $10.00. His criminal history includes Traffic charges. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

48-year-old Paul Bodiford of Best Motel in Lakeland; arrested at Walmart in Lakeland for concealing folders and wipes valued at $5.00. His criminal history includes arrests for Fraud, Drug Possession, and Petit Theft. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He told detectives he receives $194/month in government assistance.

 

35-year-old Dwayne Williams of 4152 Burlington Ave North in St Pete; arrested with Latoya Tucker & Asia Ford at Lakeland Walmart for concealing ballcaps and shoes valued at $33.00. His criminal history includes arrests for Marijuana & Cocaine Possession, VOP, Resisting Arrest, and Trespassing. He was charged with one count Retail Theft. He told detectives he receives $190/month in government assistance.

 

37-year-old Latoya Tucker of 1839 Quailwood Drive, Stone Mountain, GA; arrested with Dwayne Williams & Asia Ford at Lakeland Walmart for concealing ballcaps and shoes valued at $33.00. She was charged with one count Retail Theft. She told deputies she is in the final stages of the hiring process to become a Dekalb County (GA) Detention Deputy.

 

32-year-old Asia Ford of 4152 Burlington Ave North in St Pete; arrested with Dwayne Williams & Latoya Tucker at Lakeland Walmart for concealing ballcaps and shoes valued at $33.00. Her criminal history includes arrests for Fleeing to Elude, DWLSR, FTA, Marijuana Possession, and Retail Theft. She was charged with one count Retail Theft. She told detectives she receives $352/month in government assistance.

 

41-year-old Maritza Aviles of 1400 Banana Rd #69 in Lakeland; arrested at Walmart in Lakeland for putting clearance tags on full-priced items. She was charged with one count Retail Theft. She told detectives she receives $520/month in government assistance.

 

 

41-year-old Ronnie Posey of 4908 Williamstown Blvd in Lakeland; arrested with Elba Rubiani at Walmart in Lakeland for scanning only 5 of 18 items in the self-checkout lane. His criminal history includes Grand Theft. He was charged with one count Retail Theft.

 

47-year-old Elba Rubiani of 4908 Williamstown Blvd in Lakeland; arrested with Ronnie Posey at Walmart in Lakeland for scanning only 5 of 18 items in the self-checkout lane. Her criminal history includes Worthless Check, DWLSR, VOP, FTA. She was charged with one count Retail Theft. She told detectives she received $330/month in government assistance until recently.

 

51-year-old Timothy L. Joiner of 4544 Dirt Rd in Highland City; arrested when detectives conducted a warrants check and found he had a warrant for his arrest for Traffic offenses. His criminal history includes Traffic Offenses, Marijuana Possession, Meth, Grand Theft, Shoplifting, Petit Theft, Scrap Metal Crimes. He told detectives he receives $20/month in government assistance.