PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested four people who stole several expensive purses from Dillard’s in Town Center Mall Wednesday at 8:48 p.m. and fled in a car. A BOLO was issued and in two minutes, a deputy located the car with four people in it and made a traffic stop in the parking lot of Taco Bell across from the mall.
Deputies saw some of the purses in the back seat, and a check of the trunk located more stolen purses. Value of the purses was set at $1,590. Sales associates from Dillard’s were brought to the traffic stop location and positively identified all four in the car. They also identified the stolen purses that still had Dillard’s price tags on them.
Driver of the car was Matthew Akeem Middleton, 21, 509 Fitzhugh Avenue, Punta Gorda. He gave a false name until deputies obtained his real name. He was charged with Grand Theft, Driving While License Suspended as a Habitual Offender, and Giving a False Name. Middleton’s three passengers, all from Arcadia, were each charged with Grand Theft. They were: Joshua Montoya Adkins, 21, 1145 Rainbow Ave., Rodrika A. Randolph,21, 708 O’Leary Drive, and Robert Allen Clifton, 23, 211 Potter Street.
All four were transported to the Charlotte County Jail; none have posted bond at this time. Middleton, a convicted felon with eight booking, has a $6,000 bond; Adkins (fourth booking); Randolph, (second booking); and Clifton, (third booking) each has a $2,500 bond.