PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested the man responsible for numerous Nikon digital camera and DVD thefts on six occasions from Sam’s Club, thanks to two people who recognized him on the CCSO public website. Lawrence Burke Parker, 60, of 21946 Catherine Avenue, was arrested. Sam’s Club security at 17700 Murdock Circle did an audit of surveillance photos and reported to CCSO that the same subject came into the store six times from July 22 to Aug. 19, stole the items and concealed them in his pants.
Last Monday, CCSO issued a press release to media and posted it on the Sheriff’s Office public website asking for the public’s help to identify the man shown in several Sam’s surveillance photos, including a photos of his two vehicles. That same day, CCSO received calls from two Port Charlotte residents identifying Parker. The first person who called CCSO said she looks at the Sheriff’s website every day and “immediately knew it was Larry.” She said Parker was wearing the exact same clothing she saw on the website and was wearing the peach color fishing shirt and a tan hat that he always wears.
The other call said he saw the photos on the website and knew the suspect was Parker who used to live down the street from him on Lindsay Terrace. He also said the photo of the suspect’s vehicle in Sam’s parking lot was a Lincoln Navigator and Parker also drove a white 4-door car. CCSO also received a “Crime Stopper” tip identifying the subject and said where he now lives.
Detectives continued putting the six cases together against Parker and received word at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday that Parker was at the Charlotte County Jail registering his new address as required for convicted felons. This is the seventh booking for Parker. Detectives made contact with Parker at the jail; he refused to speak to them and wanted his attorney. He was arrested for Grand theft and five counts of Petit Theft and remains in jail on no bond.
Sheriff Bill Cameron said, “I am very pleased that residents are viewing our CCSO public website and are helping in identifying criminals in Charlotte County. We appreciate any tips we get from the public that help solve criminal cases in our community.”