Published: Oct 02, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 02, 2013 1:05 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Last week, members from a variety of specialty units within the Sheriff’s Office participated in Operation RECEIPT to target retail thefts at Wal-Mart and Target. Over a four-day period, they made 14 arrests.

Operation RECEIPT stands for “Rapidly Engaging Criminal Entities Involving Property Thefts.” Between Tuesday September 24 and Friday September 27, members of the Intelligence Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Warrants Unit, Community Policing Officers, and Criminal Investigations Section worked with loss prevention personnel from both Wal-Mart and Target. The stores’ loss prevention crews inside the stores kept in contact with the Sheriff’s Office personnel who were stationed both in the stores and in the parking lots.

The operation was conceived as a proactive approach to combating retail theft in Charlotte County while forming a closer working relationship with area businesses. During this operation, Sheriff’s Office members issued a Wal-Mart corporate trespass notice to those charged with retail thefts from that retailer. That means that the person is warned against returning to any Wal-Mart in Charlotte County instead of just applying to a single store.

During Operation RECEIPT the following people were arrested:

September 24 at Wal-Mart- Richard Joseph Drake, 27, of Port Charlotte- Possible theft lead to criminal citation for Driving While License Suspended

September 25 at Wal-Mart- Gloria Gallo Perretti, 64, of Port Charlotte- Retail Theft

September 25 at Wal-Mart- Juvenile issued Notice to Appear for Retail Theft

September 25 at Target- Angela Lynn Galeone, 25, of Punta Gorda and Jamie Omar Sepulveda, 34- Requesting Refund Using False Receipt

September 25 at Wal-Mart- Bryan Keith Coley, 45, of Port Charlotte- Trespass After Warning

September 25 at Wal-Mart- Juvenile issued Notice to Appear for Retail Theft

September 26 at Wal-Mart- Maria Ann Danesi, 40, of Port Charlotte- Retail Theft

September 26 at Wal-Mart- Ashley Sierra Bronsfield, 26, of Port Charlotte- Retail Theft and Violation of Probation

September 27 at Target- Earlene Joan Aiken, 78, of Lake Suzy- Retail Theft

September 27 at Wal-Mart- Juvenile issued Notice to Appear- Retail Theft

September 27 at Wal-Mart- Joseph B. Trotta, 18, issued 2 Notice to Appears- Retail Theft (2 counts)

September 27 at Wal-Mart- Hope Ann Bannister-Delegal, 29, of Port Charlotte- Retail Theft