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Lynne Wilson, 41, of Palm City, is accused of returning items she hadn’t paid for Sept. 19 at a Wal-Mart Supercenter and then using a gift card to buy other items. When investigators stopped her, she said, “I have a problem, I have a problem.”
Asked if she had anything illegal on her, Wilson pulled a small amount of cocaine from her right front pocket. Investigators also turned up a clear straw with cocaine residue on it in her back pocket.
Police listed the value of the goods she took at $40.28, including a Tim McGraw CD, a DVD, two dozen highlighters and a pair of sunglasses.
Wilson faces charges including possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft.
She told investigators she was a teacher at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie. St. Lucie County School District spokeswoman Janice Karst said Wilson has been removed the classroom pending the investigation by law enforcement.
Sleeping pill thefts lands 2 in jail http://www.privateofficer.com
According to the report, store security at Publix in the 6500 block of S.E. Kanner Highway witnessed Brandon Geboe, 19, and Eric McArthur, also 19, enter the store and go straight to the pharmacy section.
Security said McArthur, of the 8300 block of S.E. Carmella Drive in Hobe Sound, placed several boxes of Simply Sleep into his pocket, according to the report. The report says both men then left the store and went to their car without paying.
When security officer Tami Joseph, 48, confronted the two men in the parking lot, Geboe hit Joseph with his elbow and then fled in a vehicle driven by McArthur, according to the report.
Deputies pulled the vehicle over near the intersection of Monterey Road and Kanner Highway. McArthur was arrested and charged with retail theft. Geboe was charged with battery and is being held on $500 bond.
Man nabbed stealing TV charged with assault http://www.privateofficer.com
— A Lake Worth man was arrested Saturday night on charges he attempted to walk out of WalMart with a wide screen television and fought with a security officer who tried to stop him.
Authorities say that officers responded to assist store security agents and arrested Steven Lozada, 35, who was charged with grand theft, assault and resisting an officer, according to the arrest report. The arrest took place shortly before 6 p.m. at the store, located in the 4000 block of Southeast Federal Highway.
Authorities say Lozada was one of two men who placed a 32-inch television worth $628 in a shopping cart and tried to walk out of the store without paying. The store security agent had been watching the men and when the agent grabbed Lozada, he started swinging and tried to get away, while the other man fled, the report states
Lozada has been booked into the county jail and is being held pending a bail release.
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Grandmother of shoplifter arrested during incident http://www.privateofficer.com
A deputy arrested Nancy F. Parnell, 60, and charged her with battery, a felony. Her bail at the Martin County Jail was set at $750.
The incident began at Claire’s in the Treasure Coast Square mall about 11 a.m. Tuesday when the 14-year-old granddaughter slipped a $9 pair of plastic purple sunglasses into her purse and walked out of the store without paying for them, according to the report.
When a store employee detained the girl and began filling out paperwork about the theft, the girl started to cry, and Parnell tried to walk away with her, according to the report. The clerk stopped them, explaining a deputy was on the way.
Parnell shoved the employee into a back wall, calling her a “bully” and stated she should “get over herself,” the report said.
The deputy charged the granddaughter with retail theft, booked her into the Martin County Jail and then released her to her parents.
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