Recovered items result in multiple arrests

September 22, 2020
Recovered items result in multiple arrests
Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a shoplifting report at Walmart, which led to the recovery of stolen items as well as multiple arrests with charges ranging from retail theft, possession of meth and an active warrant for violation of probation.

On Sunday, September 20, 2020 around 7 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Cotto responded to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Wauchula, FL in reference to a shoplifting complaint, stemming from a concerned citizen observing what he believed to be suspicious activity. This citizen saw two subjects he was familiar with, Steven Scott Staton and Bobbie Jo Redfearn, exiting the store with shopping carts filled with multiple items, including a TV and soundbar. He had suspicioned the items were stolen due to previous incidents involving the two shoplifting from Wal-Mart, so he informed the store manager. Surveillance video did show Staton and Redfearn leaving the store with multiple items which were not paid for, and placing them into a red colored Chevrolet Impala. 

Locating the address of where the registered owner of the Impala lived, Corporal Alvarez and Deputy Cotto made contact with Staton, who was wearing the same clothes as seen on video. The stolen TV and soundbar were recovered from the Tropicana Motel in Wauchula and the other miscellaneous items were located at Redfearn’s residence. The value of the recovered items which were returned to Wal-Mart was over $800.

Information received led Sergeant Adler, Corporal Alvarez and Deputy Rosado to the Tropicana Motel to retrieve the electronics, where they spoke with Alexander Herrera, who said Redfearn had dropped off the TV and soundbar. When Herrera invited law enforcement inside, they observed several items associated with drug use, including blow torches and glass pipes, which were tested and had positive traces of meth on them. Herrera indicated his girlfriend, Brittany McDaniel, was hiding in the kitchen cabinet due to her having an active warrant for violation of probation. Herrera and McDaniel were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug equipment possession and/or use.

Staton and Redfearn were arrested and charged with larceny/retail theft of $300 or more. Without the collaborative efforts of the citizens of Hardee County and law enforcement, the case wouldn’t have been solved so quickly, demonstrating how law enforcement truly relies on the community’s help. By working together, we can keep our home safe.