Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
July 15, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

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Four Arrested in Organized Retail Theft Ring

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today announced four arrests in connection to an organized retail theft ring across multiple Florida counties. According to the investigation, Lionel Bolden, 24, Quintin Everett, 26, Darren Harrell, 22, and Cedric Sanders, 25, coordinated and conspired to carry out retail thefts from stores along the Florida west coast, spanning from Clearwater to Naples.

“This string of thefts spanning multiple Florida counties cost retailers thousands of dollars in lost merchandise and more goods might have been stolen if it weren’t for my Office of Statewide Prosecution and the great investigative work by our local and state law enforcement partners,” said Attorney General Bondi.

The investigation revealed that Everett and Harrell allegedly committed 10 thefts totaling more than $35,000 at Champs, Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret stores in Charlotte, Collier, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties. According to the investigation, Sanders took part in at least seven of these thefts, totaling more than $29,000 and Bolden took part in at least two. During one theft, the defendants stole more than $8,000 in merchandise from a Macy’s in Clearwater.

The defendants always worked in an organized group by having one lookout while the other defendants put merchandise into large Dillard’s shopping bags before walking or running out of the stores. During some thefts, a lone suspect distracted employees’ while others placed store items in bags.

Everett, Harrell, and Sanders are charged with grand theft more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, a second-degree felony, and conspiracy to commit grand theft more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, a third-degree felony. Additionally, Everett, Harrell, and Bolden are charged with coordinating the activities of others to commit retail theft more than $3,000, a second-degree felony, and grand theft more than $300 but less than $5,000, a third-degree felony.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Clearwater Police Department, the Naples Police Department, the North Port Police Department and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting this case.