LEE COUNTY-As a result of a Crime Stoppers tip, Kellie Mitchell, 30, of Lehigh Acres, was arrested Monday night for the theft at Bealls Outlet. Mitchell has been charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, larceny theft and resisting an officer in the recovery of stolen property. She is currently being held without bond in the Lee County Jail.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers was asking for the public's help identifying a woman accused of stealing underwear, perfume and shirts from a local store, then threatening a store security worker with a gun after being questioned about the theft.
At around 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21st, a heavyset Hispanic female was shopping at the Bealls Outlet store, located at 1209 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres.
A loss prevention officer for the store spotted the woman who picked out a purse, then removed the stuffing from inside the bag. She then selected various items, including underwear, perfume and shirts and proceeded to the fitting room. A few minutes later, she left the fitting area with a bulging purse, and none of the items she brought into the room. When her "shopping" trip was over, she promptly left the store and took off in a 2000 gold Chevy Silverado extended cab SUV with 20 inch rims.
The loss prevention officer followed her out, and caught up with the woman at a nearby Circle K store. When the officer asked the woman about the items, she began to yell and cause a scene, telling the man that she had a gun.
At that point, the security officer retreated, only to turn around and see the female pointing a black revolver in his direction. He immediately ran for cover, while the female sped off.