COPS CORNER 3.06.17
March 3, 13698 block of W. Colonial Drive: Around 3 a.m., a 7-Eleven employee assisting a customer heard a long bang come from the area of the store where the ATM was located. The 7-eleven employee and customer saw a white male exiting the store following the loud noise and the employee followed the man outside of the store. The white male hopped into a white work van, which already had a driver waiting inside. The vehicle passengers attempted to flee, however, they did not realize the south end of the parking lot was a dead end and the 7-eleven employee stood in front the van, blocking their exit. The passenger then exited the vehicle and left the premises on foot, but responding officers found him on State Road 50. It was estimated the man caused $500 in damages to the ATM. He was arrested after “yelling rudely” at the officers. He warned he had seen many cop shows and that the officers “better not plant anything on him.” The man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
March 4, 1720 block of E. Silver Star Road: Around 6 p.m., a shopper was seen by a Publix employee placing items from the health and beauty aisle within a duffle bag. The shopper, who was accompanied by a friend, went through the checkout line but exited the store without paying for the concealed items. He was approached by a public loss prevention officer as soon as he exited and asked to return to the store. A police officer who responded to the Publix asked why the man stole the items to begin with, and the man stated that someone had stolen his backpack and he only had a small amount of cash left, leaving him no choice. The man then apologized and stated he would pay for the items if allowed. The stolen items inside his duffle bag included Sensodyne toothpaste worth $5.75, a toothbrush for $5.99, and one Orajel gum worth $6.59, amounting to a total $18.33. The suspected thief, who had two prior convictions, was charged with petit theft and arrested.
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