PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy on patrol witnessed three people Wednesday at 10:22 p.m., stealing from a Salvation Army donation bin at 2120 Loveland Blvd. and putting items in a 1990 Ford pickup truck.
The deputy approached and detained Tony Youngblood, 41, 1024 SW Golden Ave., Alma Atkins Wilson, 44, 1010 SW Eucalyptus Ave., and a 16-year-old boy; all are from Arcadia. They were acting nervous and hesitant to give any reason why they were at that location. Located above the donation bin were two signs that stated, “Cameras in Use” and “DO NOT STEAL.”
Backup deputies arrived and found several bags of clothing and miscellaneous items in the back of the pickup. Inside the truck was a two-way radio and several flashlights designed to be worn around a person’s head; Youngblood was wearing one of them. A Salvation Army employee arrived and said they did not give permission to them to take items from the donation bin.
Wilson was searched at the scene and deputies found three grams of Methamphetamine on her person. All three were transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Youngblood was searched and had .5 grams of Methamphetamine in his possession. The boy was booked on misdemeanor charges of Petit Theft, Loitering & Prowling, and then released to the custody of a parent. Youngblood and Wilson were both charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Petit Theft, and Loitering & Prowling. Youngblood was additionally charged with Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Both remain in jail; Youngblood’s bond is 11,000 and Wilson’s at $5,000. This is the 11th booking for Wilson into the County Jail.
Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).