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Suspect admits going on drug-fueled shoplifting spree at Kohl’s

Stephen David Scarlott Jr
Stephen David Scarlott Jr

A 34-year-old Ocala man was jailed on $3,000 bond after he admitted to attempting to steal a digital camera and Playstation 4 from Kohl’s.

Stephen David Scarlott Jr. was taken into custody at 1:25 p.m. Monday on charges of grand retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scarlott took the items from the store and immediately got into a vehicle that had been waiting for him, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. A loss prevention officer was able to take a photo of the car’s license plate before it left the parking lot. That information was turned over to the Lady Lake Police Department and an officer was able to make a traffic stop on the vehicle on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 just over the Marion County line. A Marion County sheriff’s deputy also arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, a Lake County dispatcher made the police officer aware that Scarlott was known to have needles in his possession. During a pat down, an orange cap for a syringe was found in Scarlott’s pocket.

“Yeah, I have a problem. That’s why I am doing this,” Scarlott told the officer after the discovery of the syringe cap.

Several needles were discovered in the center console of the vehicle. The stolen merchandise was also found in the car.


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