PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Tampa man on Saturday after he was found to have taken almost $1,000 worth of flash drives and other merchandise from the Punta Gorda Walmart.
Shortly after 10:00 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Walmart that one of their asset protection employees was chasing a man who had taken items from the store without paying for them. When the deputy arrived in the area, he saw the employee chasing Osmel Gonzalez-Gutierrez, 55, through the parking lot of the Pilot Gas Station on Jones Loop Road.
When confronted by the deputy, Gonzalez-Gutierrez stopped and was placed under arrest. The Walmart employee told the deputy he had witnessed Gonzalez-Gutierrez put several boxes of Gillette razor cartridges and some other items in a shopping cart. While pushing the cart through the store, he watched as Gonzalez-Gutierrez hid the items under his shirt and jacket.
When deputies searched Gonzalez-Gutierrez, they found the razor cartridges, two bottles of Advil and 18 packages of San Disk flash drives and USB cards. The total value of the merchandise taken was $966.66.
Gonzalez-Gutierrez was charged with Retail Grand Theft and Resisting a Merchant. He was released on a total $15,000 bond.