Times were hard, he allegedly said during shoplifting bust, but what about other arrests?

Times were hard, he allegedly said during shoplifting bust, but what about other arrests?

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, January 18th 2024 at 3:44 PM)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A man in Florida who’d been arrested more than a dozen times added another one to his rap sheet last week when he was apparently charged with petit theft (shoplifting) 2nd offense yet again.

On Friday, a Lady Lake police officer responded to a Home Depot “for a report of a theft” and the “asset protection specialist” told him “he was following the defendant around the store and observed the defendant concealing merchandise in his front pockets, as well as his back behind his clothing.”

Then, David John Richard allegedly left without paying.

The store employee stopped him, identified himself and said Richard “turned and started to run.”

But, the arrest report said, “Officers apprehended the defendant as he started to run.

“I observed one of the stolen items tucked in the back of his pants as he was being handcuffed.”

Later, “I asked the defendant why he had stolen the merchandise.

“The defendant related times were hard.

“While searching the defendant, merchandise was found in his front pockets as well as several larger items tucked under his clothing.”

The arrest report did not specify the items, but it said, “The total value of the stolen merchandise was $200.79.

“This is the defendant’s second offense for theft; the first conviction was on 09/09/2011.”

Times were hard, he allegedly said during shoplifting bust, but what about other arrests?
David John Richard was arrested many times in Florida: 1st row, 2009-2011; 2nd row: 2014-2017; 3rd row: 2017-2024. Scroll through to see what The National Desk was able to learn about each.

This would be at least the third time Richard was charged with “petit theft (shoplifting) 2nd offense,” but the law actually reads, “has previously been convicted of any theft.”

Florida law has a provision on the very next line.

“A person who commits petit theft and who has previously been convicted two or more times,” commits a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, and it has been applied in this case.

Richard spent almost a month in jail after he was charged with petit theft (shoplifting) 2nd offense for the first time on Sept. 9, 2011.

He spent another few weeks behind bars for petit theft (shoplifting) 2nd offense at a gas station on Nov. 9, 2021.

Plus, there was petit theft (shoplifting) 2nd offense at a Walmart on April 25, 2020.

This time, Richard, 44, was released from jail after just under 24 hours in lieu of $1,000 bond.

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