May 9. 13500 block of West Colonial Drive. Petit theft: At 3 p.m., officers responded to a report about shoplifting. Upon arriving at the gas station, a store manager informed the police that a man had stolen two 25-ounce cans of beer. The man, who had two prior theft convictions, was arrested May 11 on this charge.
May 10. 13700 block of West Colonial Drive. Grand Theft: At about 11:15 a.m., police responded to a residence following a report of an air compressor and air pressure wand worth $130 each that had been allegedly stolen from a screened-in porch. Security camera footage located in the back of the residence caught a man concealing the items on May 5, however, it wasn’t noticed missing until a few days after the incident. Then, on May 10, the same subject was seen on the surveillance camera removing a box of video cameras and other miscellaneous items from the porch. A description of the suspected thief was provided to other officers and the man was located riding a bike on State Road 50. He was stopped by police, and officers found several items in his possession that matched the description of the stolen items, including the video cameras and pressure washer wand. The man was arrested and charged with grand theft and burglary.
May 14. 10500 West Colonial Drive. Retail theft: At 8 p.m., officers responded to a Walmart and spoke with witnesses of a possible retail theft. According to one store employee, two females selected merchandise, placed them in their shopping cart, walked to the self-checkout registers but failed to scan all the items in their shopping cart, according to a police report. They then concealed the unscanned merchandise inside Walmart’s shopping bags and made their way to the exit before being stopped by an asset protection officer. The APO escorted them back inside and recovered $53.74 worth of stolen merchandise. The two women stated they were having trouble scanning the items at the register and believed that everything had been scanned prior to exiting. The women’s behavior, as observed via surveillance footage of the incident, convinced police there was a probable cause to charge the women with petit retail theft.
May 9. East Eighth Avenue. Burglary of dwelling: At about 8 a.m., a Windermere police officer attempted to pull over a pickup truck traveling 23 mph in a 15-mph speed zone. The officer walked out and waved to the driver in an attempt to make him stop his vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and continued driving. The officer then began following the pickup with his own vehicle and found it pulled into a driveway, unoccupied. The garage door to the driveway was open, so the officer made contact with the resident inside, thinking the driver had fled inside the residence. But as the officer spoke with the resident, he spotted the driver concealed in some nearby bushes. The man then began running away from the officer, and the officer gave chase on foot ordering him to stop. The driver then threw down a trashcan, causing the officer to cut his leg. The man then crossed into several private properties, jumping over fences to flee the officer. At this time, the officer requested assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocoee Police department, which created a perimeter and used K-9s to track the suspect from his last known location. He was discovered in the rear of a property located at 826 Oakdale Street and arrested. After acquiring the identification of the man, it was discovered he was wanted in Pennsylvania for violation of parole. The suspect was ultimately charged for resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law-enforcement officer, fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, and burglary of a dwelling.