COPS CORNER 5.08.17
May 3, 13501 block of West Colonial Drive. Around noon, an officer responded to a WaWa in response to a shoplifting complaint. Upon arrival, the officer was informed a male had walked in through the rear door, headed toward the beer refrigerator, grabbed an 18-pack case of Corona Extra amounting to $21,99, and then exited through the rear door. An employee working the cash register had witnessed the incident, as well as an employee located outside the store. The man was caught and arrested by assisting officers while riding a bicycle, and he was positively identified by one of the employees as the suspected shoplifter. The stolen case of Corona was recovered.
May 3, 13251 block of Daniels Road. Around 4:40 p.m., an officer patrolling The Grove shopping plaza noticed a woman running out of a Victoria Secret store while holding a large bundle of clothes against her chest. The woman, after passing the Bath and Body Works store, then dropped the clothes in the middle of the street. The officer intercepted the woman at the Winter Garden Mall security office and engaged in a foot pursuit of the woman through the parking lot and finally caught up to her near Five Guys, where she was handcuffed. A Victoria’s Secret employee informed the officer the woman had been seen walking in the store in a rush, scooping up all the clothing from the front table, and then making her way to the back area of the store where she took numerous tank tops. She then ran out of the store with merchandise amounting $2,077.55. The woman was charged with Grand Theft in the third degree.
May 6, Main Street. Around 2 a.m., an officer driving down Oakdale Street toward Sixth Avenue saw a car speeding toward a roundabout. The car suddenly stopped in the middle of the roundabout and stayed there until the officer pulled up behind the vehicle. The vehicle then continued driving northbound toward Ocoee. The driving pattern exhibited alerted the officer that something may be wrong, so the officer initiated a traffic stop. The female driver held out her phone, telling the officer she was lost. The officer asked for her license and registration, but the driver continually passed over the registration document until the officer pointed it out to her. The officer asked her to exit the vehicle in an attempt to conduct a DUI investigation. However, the driver tried negotiating with the officer. The officer placed her under arrest and conducted a search, but the driver attempted to grab the officer’s hands as the officer tried removing items from the driver’s pockets. While being transported to a DUI testing facility, the woman called the officer a racist for playing Spanish music on the radio. The woman’s breath samples resulted in readings of 0.231 and 0.217.
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