One man thought it was a good idea to steal merchandise from his employer, while another tried escaping during a traffic stop.
3300 block of Daniels Road. Petit theft. At approximately 11:32 p.m., Winter Garden police were informed of a retail theft that was discovered to have occurred on multiple dates in September by a Target employee. According to an arrest report, the male employee stole from the Target where he was employed on Sept. 11, 18, 19, 24, and 25. The employee allegedly stole an air filter, shoes, socks, a Bluetooth speaker, Bounty paper towels, and bleach. Surveillance footage of the thefts was submitted as evidence to the Winter Garden police department and the suspect was arrested.
West Colonial Drive. Aggravated assault. At approximately 4:55 p.m., Winter Garden officers were dispatched to West Colonial Drive near State Road 429 due to reports of an aggravated assault in progress. The male victim stated the suspect was yelling at him to pull over and pulled his gun out at him. The suspect pursued the victim, both of whom were traveling in their vehicles, when the suspect pointed the gun at the victim, fired a shot toward the opposite direction of his car, and then sped off. The suspect’s vehicle was later located and arrested. Two firearms were located in the center console of the suspect’s vehicle, for which he had a permit. The suspect was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.
300 block of West Silver Star Road. Traffic violation. At about 9: 30 p.m., an Ocoee law-enforcement officer pulled over a vehicle whose tag’s lights were out. The driver told the officer he was sorry and explained the license plate on the vehicle actually belonged to another vehicle, and he placed it on the current vehicle so he could drive his brother somewhere he needed to go. A check on the license plate confirmed the driver’s story, however, it was also discovered the license plate had expired in early September and the driver’s license had expired November 2017. The driver was charged with driving with knowledge of a suspended license and attaching a tag not assigned to a vehicle.
10500 West Colonial Drive. Petit theft. At around 11:20 a.m., an Ocoee officer responded to a report of a possible retail theft at a Walmart. A 29-year-old woman allegedly selected several items from different store departments, walked to the men's department, concealed all of the selected merchandise into Walmart shopping bags and then exited the store with no intention of paying for the hidden items. An Asset Protection Officer located 45 miscellaneous items in the Walmart shopping bags totaling $174.48. The woman said the items were for her family members and needed for an upcoming camping trip. She was arrested and trespassed from the store.
East Sixth Avenue. Resisting an officer. At about 12:22 a.m., a Windermere police officer responded to the area of Main Street and East Sixth Avenue in reference to a request for backup from a fellow officer who had pulled over a vehicle. While the backup officer attempted to search the passenger for anything illegal, the passenger fled on foot. The officer gave chase at first and ordered the male passenger to stop running, but the passenger did not comply. The officer then pursued him using his patrol vehicle, but the officer lost sight of the passenger until he heard yelling coming from a residential backyard on Forest Street. The fellow officer had located the runaway passenger and used a taser on him. Once the passenger was handcuffed, officers found a baggie containing cannabis in his possession. The officers also discovered the passenger had an active warrant out of Orange County for violation of probation for assault with a deadly weapon.