Homeless man accused of trying to swipe shorts from Kohl’s

Howard Derrick Shook

A homeless man from Belleview reportedly walked into a store, tried on three pairs of shorts and attempted to walk out of the business wearing one of the pairs without paying for it.

Howard Derrick Shook, 58, was charged with retail theft after the incident, which happened Sunday afternoon at the Kohl’s located at 492 N. U.S. Hwy. 441 in Lady Lake.

A store employee told a Lady Lake Police officer that Shook took two pairs of black shorts and one pair of tan shorts into a fitting room, then emerged with only one pair of black shorts and one pair of tan shorts and placed them back on the rack, according to the police report.

The employee checked the fitting room and it was empty of any merchandise. Shook then headed to the front of the store, passed all points of sale without paying, and exited. The incident was observed by the employee on closed-circuit video, the report said.

Officers detained Shook, who matched the description provided by the employee, as he left the store. He was escorted back into the store and read his rights, after which he gave verbal permission for his person and belongings to be searched. Upon being patted down, it was noted that Shook had on two pairs of shorts, one of which was the black pair with the Kohl’s tag still attached in the amount of $22.99, according to the report.

Shook’s criminal history shows a previous conviction for grand theft in Marion County in 2018 and another one in Spartanburg County, S.C., in 2013. While being taken to the Lake County Jail, Shook said he was sorry for stealing the shorts. He said he didn’t need them in the first place, but he just wanted another pair to wear, the report said.

Shook was being held on $2,000 bond and will appear in Lake County Court on Oct. 21.

More Headlines

Suleiman family took between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 aid

The Suleiman restaurant family has received between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 relief aid.

Big donors in county race lined up for government assistance

Some of the major political donors in the Sumter County Commission race lined up for government money being handed out as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Photos

Brown Anole With Extended Dewlap

This brown anole with an extended dewlap was spotted on Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Naly de Carvalho for sharing! Share your local photos with...

Mother Osprey Attending To Chicks

This mother osprey was spotted attending to her chicks. Thanks to Kirk Freundt for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel On Hogeye Pathway

Check out this Sherman's fox squirrel spotted on Hogeye Pathway. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Letters to the Editor

Masks and personal freedom

A Village of Tall Trees resident asks what’s so tough about wearing a mask? Read his Letter to the Editor.

Business

Two Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations preparing to reopen in The Villages

Two of the three Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations in The Villages are preparing to reopen Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crime

Villager’s adult son who ‘needed money’ arrested in theft of items

A Villager’s adult son who said he “needed money” was arrested in the theft of merchandise from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza.

Opinions

Sanitize the Sumter County Commission cesspool

Writing in an Opinion piece, Villager Scott Fenstermaker argues its time to sanitize the Sumter County Commission "cesspool."

Top Stories

Lake County man dies of COVID-19 as virus slams two local long-term care facilities

A Lake County resident has succumbed to COVID-19 as employees at two local long-term care facilities test positive for the virus that continues to wreak havoc on Florida and the tri-county area.

Suleiman family took between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 aid

The Suleiman restaurant family has received between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 relief aid.

Big donors in county race lined up for government assistance

Some of the major political donors in the Sumter County Commission race lined up for government money being handed out as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Letters to the Editor

Masks and personal freedom

A Village of Tall Trees resident asks what’s so tough about wearing a mask? Read his Letter to the Editor.

Here’s why it is important to say ‘Black Lives Matter’

A Village of Pine Ridge resident explains why he believes it is important to acknowledge that Black Lives Matter. Read his Letter to the Editor.

CNN’s slanted take on video shot in The Villages

A Village of Osceola Hills resident, in a Letter to the Editor, is the latest to offer his opinion on the infamous “white power” video.

Crime

Villager’s adult son who ‘needed money’ arrested in theft of items

A Villager’s adult son who said he “needed money” was arrested in the theft of merchandise from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza.

82-year-old Villager free again after latest violation of court order

An 82-year-old Villager was released from jail Saturday afternoon after violating a court order.

Sumter sheriff seeks help in solving murder of 61-year-old man in Wildwood

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help as it continues to investigate a homicide from last November.