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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 12/17/2014 

 Two Arrested For Shoplifting Toys From Walmart - One Suspect Fakes Medical Emergency While Other Suspect Steals Toys 


On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, PCSO detectives arrested two suspects who worked together to steal children's toys from a Lake Wales Walmart - one of the suspects, as seen in the attached video surveillance, faked a "heart attack" at the entrance while the other suspect walked out with a cart full of toys.

According to their affidavits, 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree, both of Lake Wales, filled a shopping cart at the Walmart located at 2000 SR East in Lake Wales with expensive toys, including a motorized power wheel Barbie car, a Leap Frog tablet, and a Barbie Glam vacation house, with a total value of $369.00. 

As seen in the attached video, the two suspects walk through the store together, and at approximately 3:33 in the video, Dupree lays down on the ground, clutching his chest, near the entrance to the store. While concerned citizens check on Dupree, Tarus Scott walks out of the store with the cart full of toys. Once Scott clears the store, Dupree stands back up and walks out. Together they leave in a silver SUV. 

Both suspects were positively identified and arrested. They are both in the Polk County Jail, charged with Grand Theft. Their mugshots are attached. 

Tarus Scott, DOB 10/27/1984, has an extensive criminal history and was just released from serving 10 years in state prison in 2013:

  • June 1998 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Larceny;
  • July 1998 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for FTA (Burglary, Grand Theft, Petit Theft);
  • March 1999 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Tampering With Witness;
  • June 1999 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Robbery;
  • February 2001 - Arrested by Alachua P.D. for Fraud, Giving False Info to LEO;
  • June 2003 - Arrested by PCSO for Armed Robbery - sentenced to 10 years in state prison;
  • March 2013 - Arrested by PCSO for Out of County Warrant;
  • December 2013 - Arrested by Alachua County S.O. for Assault.

Genard Dupree, DOB 6/22/1987, also has an extensive criminal history and is currently on felony probation:

  • April 1998 - Arrested by PCSO for Battery Domestic Violence;
  • April 1998 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Battery on School Employee;
  • August 1998 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Disruption of School;
  • September 1998 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Disruption of School;
  • November 1998 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Disruption of School, Assault, and Battery;
  • January 1999 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Aggravated Assault, Escape;
  • February 1999 - Arrested by Plant City P.D. for Battery on Detention Staff;
  • June 2000 - Arrested by HCSO for Aggravated Battery on LEO;
  • November 2000 - Arrested by HCSO for Battery;
  • July 2003 - Arrested by PCSO for Criminal Mischief;
  • September 2003 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Disorderly Conduct;
  • November 2003 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Disorderly Conduct;
  • September 2005 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Battery Domestic Violence, Disorderly Conduct;
  • February 2006 - Arrested by PCSO for Fraud;
  • May 2008 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Possession of Marijuana;
  • August 2008 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for FTA;
  • March 2009 - Arrested by PCSO for Battery, Criminal Mischief, Larceny;
  • May 2009 - Arrested by PCSO for Trespassing, Resisting Arrest; FTA;
  • October 2009 - Arrested by PCSO for Aggravated Battery, Criminal Mischief;
  • October 2010 - Arrested by PCSO for Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia;
  • June 2011 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Larceny, Resisting Arrest;
  • February 2012 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Aggravated Battery, Burglary with Battery, Larceny;
  • June 2012 - Arrested by Bartow P.D. for Battery Domestic Violence, Kidnapping;
  • June 2013 - Arrested by PCSO for VOP. 

Here's the link to the Walmart surveillance video on Youtube:

http://youtu.be/eUzUdZDGPOk