As a result of a traffic stop on Thursday, November 3, 2011, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies located a stolen laptop computer and arrested four people, one of which was a 31-year-old repeat offender with a lengthy criminal arrest history.
“This is a perfect example of why we should not make exceptions for what some would call ‘non-violent crimes,’” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “This suspect had been released from prison, was on probation, and in less than 60 days of his release, he was re-arrested.”
Arrested was Christopher Alan Jones, DOB 08/22/1981, 2425 Ruth Drive Lake Wales, who was charged with Grand Theft and booked into the Polk County Jail. Jones had been sent to prison in June 2010, his second sentence. He was released from state prison on September 19, 2011, only serving a portion of the 84.1 months of his sentence.
Jones’ criminal arrest history includes:
09/20/11 – Criminal Registration – Polk County
07/20/10 – Probation Violation (3 counts) – Polk County
06/26/10 – Drugs – Poss. – Nolle Prossed – Polk County
Drugs – Equip – Convicted –
Probation Violation – Conviction Held
02/26/10 – Criminal Registration – Pinellas County
10/29/2004 – Burglary – Guilty/Convicted – Polk County
Larceny – Nolle Prossed
09/23/2004 – Larceny – Dropped/Abandoned – Polk County
Stolen Prop – Dropped/Abandoned
08/16/2004 – Burglary – Guilty/Convicted – Polk County
Burglary – Nolle Prossed
Vehicle – Theft – Nolle Prossed
Damage Prop – No Action Taken
07/06/2004 – Probation Violation – Nolle Prossed – Polk County
Probation Violation – Held
04/10/2004 – Probation Violation – Held – Orange County
04/05/2004 – Probation Violation – Held – Polk County
07/07/2002 – Marijua-Poss – No Action Taken – Polk County
Drugs-Equip – Adjudication Withheld
Burglary-Tools – Adjudication Withheld
05/25/2002 – Traffic Viol – Held – Polk County
04/25/2002 – Traffic Viol – Adjudication withheld – Polk County
Drugs – Poss – Adjudication Withheld
Drugs – Equip – No Action Taken
06/02/1999 – Burglary – Polk County Sheriffs’ Office
09/14/1997 – Vehicle Theft – Polk County Sheriff’s Office
08/19/1997 – Burglary – Lake Wales Police Department; Larceny
Jones was arrested after the stolen laptop was discovered in the Lake Wales Inn, 18601 Highway 27, Lake Wales. On Tuesday, November 2, 2011, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of the hotel. The driver, Christopher Allen Eismon, DOB 07/02/1980, 4801 Benton Street, Lake Wales, was charged with Driving with License Suspended or Revoked.
During the investigation into Eismon’s activities, deputies located two additional suspects in the hotel and charged with multiple drug charges. Arrested at the hotel were: Karah Eismon, DOB 01/27/1982. Eismon was charged with Possession of a Control Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Donnie Jo Lee, DOB 02/23/1981. Lee was also charged with Possession of a Control Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both Karah Eismon and Lee listed their address as that of the hotel.
During the investigation detectives located the stolen laptop. Through their investigation, detectives determined that Jones had brought the laptop to the hotel. Jones was later located and placed under arrest.
All suspects were booked into the Polk County Jail.