(As originally published, Wed, December 6th 2023, 4:04 PM EST)
WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — Grocery stores are prime targets for shoplifters but what happened in Florida takes it to a new level.
Wildwood police said in the arrest report, Cherline Floreal went into a Publix “with another female suspect. The second suspect takes a shopping cart and the two proceed throughout the store.
“The defendant can be seen taking liquor bottles off shelves, and placing them in the cart, and then transferring them to a black and white striped shoulder bag.
“After placing several bottles in her bag, the defendant is viewed taking a sale ad to the register and appears to be distracting the cashier while the second suspect moves throughout the store, placing liquor bottles in her bag.
“The defendant then leaves the store, passing all points of sale, presumably to offload liquor bottles from her shoulder bag, only to return a few minutes later and proceed to steal more bottles, placing them in her bag.”
“After the defendant returns, the second suspect leaves the store, passing all points of sale. The defendant continues to remove several more bottles from the shelves, and finally leaves the store again, passing all points of sale.”
Police said all that took a total of 12 minutes, it was all caught on surveillance video, and Floreal got into a white Nissan.
The people at Publix reported “21 bottles of various kinds of liquor” were stolen on the evening of Sept. 22, “for a total value of $1,137.59.”
Police spread word about the crime and got a response just to the south, in Marion County. They reported similar crimes and had the license plate of the car, which is owned by Floreal. Also, police say the Publix clerk identified her in a photo lineup.
Floreal, 29, was booked early Monday and released in lieu of $2,000 bond, less than three hours later.
She’s charged with a felony: grand theft of between $750 and $5,000. The “second suspect” was not named.