Help From a Fort Lauderdale Retail Theft Attorney
On Monday, March 23, 2020, police in the Stuart, Florida area stated that alert Walmart shoppers and employees alike helped them to stop and subsequently arrest three individuals who fled after they had shoplifted at the store.
That same day, the police reported that one of the Walmart employees noticed a woman leaving with a shopping cart filled with items. Many of those things still contained their anti-theft devices. There were also several witnesses who spotted the woman speedily unloading the cart into a vehicle as she was helped by two men. Afterward, the vehicle quickly fled the store’s parking lot and headed toward US 1.
A Stuart police officer soon after noticed the vehicle in question. It was traveling at a fast speed toward and then on the Roosevelt Bridge. According to the police, the officer decided to stand back and only watch the vehicle to avoid a potentially dangerous chase.
In addition, according to a post on the official Facebook page of the Stuart Police Department, the suspects were obviously unfamiliar with the area and then stopped in the yard of a home at a dead end.
The officer was then able to proceed to nab one of the suspects and take the man into custody. However, one of the others exited the car and ran from the scene on foot. Sometime later, deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office found the other two suspects and stopped them. The police claimed the vehicle in which they had fled held thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from the Walmart store.
The woman was arrested and charged with felony retail theft and one of the men was arrested and charged with the same crime as well as violation of probation warrant.
According to the police, the second man did not give them his real name when they questioned him. They later found out that he had an open warrant for failure to appear on a charge of retail theft. He was subsequently arrested and charged with felony retail theft and giving a fake name to a police officer.
The police stated that all three individuals, who are from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, may also face additional charges in that city.
Fort Lauderdale Retail Theft Attorney Kenneth Hassett
If you are a resident of Florida and have been arrested on any theft charges, you should know that it’s a very serious matter that requires the expert legal representation of a Fort Lauderdale retail theft attorney. This is where Hassett & Associates, P.A. comes in. You can reach an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer at 954-791-3939. Contact a Fort Lauderdale retail theft attorney immediately. A skilled Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer will build a strong defense in your case.