The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two suspects for shoplifting thanks in part to how well-known one of them was to law enforcement.
Surveillance video from Marshalls, 6561 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, on January 22nd, showed the man acted as a lookout while the woman put more than $300 worth of clothing into two bags. Security personnel approached the pair as they left the store, but the man ran off while the female suspect shoved security out of the way.
Detectives shared surveillance images in an attempt to identify the two suspects and received three immediate responses from law enforcement officers who knew the woman was 48-year-old Cynthia Turner. When detectives went to Turner’s home on Fountain Circle yesterday with an arrest warrant they also found 46-year-old Daryl Thomas, the man in the video.
Turner and Thomas have criminal histories more than two decades long that combine for a contemptible 86 local arrests. Turner has been arrested 24 times for retail theft and robbery charges, and was jailed another 29 times for violating probation or contempt of court. Thomas has 17 arrests for violent crimes and drug charges and was jailed another 16 times for violating probation or contempt of court.
Despite their histories, Thomas has only been sentenced to prison once, for five months; and Turner was sentenced to prison three times, for less than two years total.
Both suspects are now charged with Grand Theft and Resisting a Retail Merchant. Turner is being held on $15,000 bond while Thomas is being held on $1,500 bond.