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Shoplifter roundup recovers over $2,100 in merchandise

Winter Haven, Florida -- In an effort to nab shoplifters in the act, the Winter Haven Police Department recently partnered with local retailers in a five-day Shoplifter Roundup initiative.

As a result, more than $2,100 worth of merchandise was recovered from the retailers.

Authorities say many of those arrested had extensive criminal histories that included retail theft. Some of those caught decided to fight the officers as they were being placed under arrest, apparently giving everyone in the area quite a show.

PHOTOS: Shoplifter roundup in Winter Haven

"The partnership we have with our retailers is vital in helping get the message out that if you want to shoplift in Winter Haven, you will get caught," said Chief Gary Hester. "These weren't small children taking a piece or two of candy. Some of the amounts these thieves concealed valued more than $700."

The adults arrested with their criminal history listed:

Lauren Campbell, 24
Charge: Grand theft retail.
History: Multiple grand theft retail, drug possession.

Joseph Cody Cata, 28
Charge: Grand theft retail and felony petit theft retail.
History: Multiple theft charges, grand theft auto, multiple narcotics charges, burglary occupied dwelling, battery, multiple resisting w/o violence and fraud.

Rashaun L. Coleman, 24
Charge: Petit theft retail.  
History: Robbery, trafficking in narcotics, poss. cocaine and carrying a concealed firearm.

Douglas W. Ellis, 37
Charge: Petit theft retail.
History: Narcotics charges, fraud, D.V. and petit theft.

Nijmena Awni Habbas, 30
Charge: Petit theft retail.
History: No history.

Ryan Weldon Hatton, 30
Charge: Petit theft retail, resisting w/ violence, battery on LEO, resisting merchant.
History: Poss. of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine, contributing to delinquency of a minor, battery and driving while license suspended or revoked.

Joseph Henry Hoff, 44
Charge: Grand theft retail.
History: Battery D.V., burglary w/ assault, theft of utility, fraud and petit theft.

Michael Lewis Jr., 34
Charge: Petit theft retail.
History: dealing in stolen property, false information to pawn broker.

Julie Melvin, 44
Charge: Resisting w/o violence, petit retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine.
History: Several narcotics charges.


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