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On 06/23/2022 at approximately 1205 hours, I responded to 355 Cypress Gardens Blvd SE (Walmart) in Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida in reference to an in progress retail theft.
On the above date and time, the defendant (James Berry W/M 11/10/1965) entered Walmart and selected multiple items from the shelf. One item included a vibrator that was taken out of the box later found in the aisle along with shoes that he placed on his feet that still had a piece of the price tag. A pair of glasses was also found with a piece of the price tag along with a pair of shorts that he was wearing that belonged to the business. The defendant then concealed several other items in his backpack. The defendant was then observed attempting to leave the store. The defendant was then stopped by the witness, (Redacted), who is the loss prevention representative for Walmart. Witness escorted the defendant back into the store and recovered the stolen items. The value of the stolen items was $201.54. The defendant concealed the items temporarily depriving the business and attempted to leave the store.
The defendant was read Miranda Rights, which he advised he understood. The defendant advised he did steal the items for cleaning purposes. The defendant admitted to all items found not to be his and that they belonged to Walmart. The defendant advised he got scared from all the employees which made it difficult for him to leave the store.
The defendant’s information was entered into CIC for prior theft convictions, which CIC advised no prior valid convictions.
The defendant was arrested and transported to Polk County jail without incident.
Once at jail a finger print scanner was utilized and the identification came up as Joseph Collins W/M 06/24/1968.
The defendant then advised he was Joseph Collins W/M 06/24/1968. He is being additionally charged for fake ID to a law enforcement officer.
The defendant’s information was re-entered into CIC for prior theft convictions and CC advised he does have prior theft convictions on 4/27/22 Case#532022MM000911A000WH, 11/02/12 Case#532011CF004281A000XX,
and 2/22/10 532009CF005598A0UUXX and now being charged with petit theft 3rd subsequent offense.