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Friday, October 15, 2021

Village of Polo Ridge resident jailed after attempted heist at Wal-Mart

Richard Street

A Village of Polo Ridge resident was jailed after an attempted heist at a local Wal-Mart store.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called Monday afternoon to the Wal-Mart in Bushnell after two men attempted to steal two mini-bikes and other merchandise, according to an arrest report.

Richard Brown Street, 39, of 3158 Gooding Place, was behind the wheel of a blue Ford Escape attempting to leave the store’s parking lot when he was stopped by deputies.

Video surveillance showed that Street had been assisted by 56-year-old Paul Taylor of Ocala in the theft of the merchandise, which also included Fruit of the Loom hoodies, a backpack and Christmas gift bags, as well as a Hyper Tough 20-volt cordless impact driver and charger. The total value of the merchandise was $851.43.

Paul Taylor

A small black zippered pouch containing heroin was found in Street’s pocket. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Taylor, who was arrested last year after attempting to leave Bealls in Lady Lake in a pair of stolen shoes, fled the scene on foot and was discovered at a nearby Love’s Travel Stop.

Both men were taken into custody and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center.

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