Repeat offender stole backpack, filled it with other Walmart merchandise, deputies say

Repeat offender stole backpack, filled it with other Walmart merchandise, deputies say

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, November 1st 2023, 5:34 PM EDT)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A man who’s no stranger to the law in Florida was arrested again after sheriff’s deputies heard a man “loaded up a gray backpack and took off running behind the liquor store.”

It happened Monday afternoon at the Walmart in The Villages.

According to the arrest report, a loss prevention officer showed surveillance video to a deputy with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office who wrote,

”The footage revealed the defendant entered the store, grabbed a gray backpack, and began to fill it with unpaid merchandise from different departments within the store.”

And then it said he walked out, but started running when he realized he was being followed.

Soon after, another deputy and a store employee found Jonathan Kirkland near a retention pond in the area.

The employee confirmed Kirkland was the person “who completed the theft and fled from him. The defendant was also in possession of the stolen items.”

Repeat offender stole backpack, filled it with other Walmart merchandise, deputies say
Jonathan Kirkland was booked into jail on (clockwise from top left) Nov. 22, 2020; Feb. 26 and Aug. 26, 2021; and Jan. 21, April 9 and Oct. 30, 2023. (Bottom left photo from Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office; others from Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office.)

The 10 stolen items were worth $169.19, and they were recovered from the backpack.

Kirkland was then arrested and read his Miranda warning, but the arrest report said he

”kept repeating he didn’t understand his rights, so the defendant was not interviewed.”

He was charged with retail theft and resisting, and his bail was set at $3,000.

Kirkland, 32, has heard the Miranda warning several times.

The arrest report listed convictions for grand theft on Jan. 10, 2010; and petit theft on Jan. 11, 2013, and Nov. 22, 2020. It did not say where those convictions occurred.

Kirkland has had trouble in nearby Lake County in recent years. He was booked and eventually released five times since the Nov. 22, 2020, event.

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