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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/21/2014 

 PCSO Organized Retail Crime Unit Makes Arrest, Obtains Warrants 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Unit, during two separate investigations, has made one arrest and obtained arrest warrants for three other suspects who are engaging in organized retail theft.

According to the affidavit, in July 2014, the Lakeland Police Department arrested Michael Hamlin (DOB 8/18/1964) of Orlando and charged him with grand theft after Hamlin attempted to steal fiberglass rolls from the Lowe’s store in north Lakeland. During the arrest, a PCSO ORC detective interviewed Hamlin, who admitted that he was working with accomplice Vincent Wilkinson (DOB 5/22/1963) also of Orlando. According to Hamlin, Wilkinson would drive Hamlin to various Lowe’s stores so that Hamlin could steal fiberglass rolls for Wilkinson’s screen company “V Screening.” Wilkinson would accompany Hamlin in the stores and act as a distractor and lookout. Hamlin told the detective he was paid approximately $200 by Wilkinson for every three rolls Hamlin stole.

PCSO detectives working with Lowe’s security personnel identified several thefts committed by Hamlin and Wilkinson at Lowe’s stores in Clermont and Auburndale. PCSO filed additional charges of Organized Retail Crime against Hamlin, who was still in the Polk County Jail on the LPD charges. PCSO detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Vincent Wilkinson, DOB 5/22/1963, of 5869 La Costa Drive in Orlando, for Organized Retail Crime (Grand Theft).

In a separate investigation, PCSO ORC detectives identified two suspects who repeatedly stole electronics from multiple Target stores in Polk and Osceola counties. The suspects stole flat-screen televisions, GPS devices, and radar detectors from the Target store located in Davenport, valued at over $1,200. The suspects were seen driving a gold Toyota Corolla.

PCSO ORC detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Organized Retail Crime (Grand Theft) for:

Paul V. Penitani-Fakailo, DOB 9/16/1982, of 5709 Ridgeway Drive in Orlando;

Jonathan Deer, DOB 10/26/1976, of 6043 Windhover Drive in Orlando.

 

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