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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/1/2015 

 PCSO Detectives Charge Lakeland Woman with Grand Theft, Carrying a Concealed Firearm in Retail Theft Investigation 

On Monday, August 31, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crimes detectives arrested 37-year-old Amber L. Adkins, Rushing Road, Lakeland, charging her with Grand Theft, two counts of Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Resisting Officer without Violence, Resisting Officer with Violence and Battery on Law Enforcement Officer. 

Detectives responded to the north Lakeland Wal-Mart store (5800 Highway 98 North) after receiving information about a woman, later identified as Adkins, seen concealing store items in backpacks while shopping.  Adkins was seen using knives to open packages while inside the store.  Adkins was seen bagging several items in the self-checkout area without scanning or paying for the selected items.  She ultimately passed all points of sale stealing over $1300 worth of store merchandise.   

As she attempted to leave the store, Adkins was stopped by Walmart loss prevention personnel and PCSO detectives.  When detained, detectives discovered Adkins had also concealed two handguns (not from the store), one in her clothing and one inside a backpack.   

During the investigation, Adkins began complaining of medical related issues and emergency medical services was contacted.  Adkins was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center for treatment.  While at LRHC, Adkins attempted to leave the hospital to avoid arrest.  When stopped she became combative kicking a Lakeland Police officer who was assisting PCSO detectives.     

Ultimately, Adkins was treated and released and transported to the Polk County Jail. 

During the investigation, Adkins told detectives she receives approximately $3000 monthly in federal assistance.