The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man for drug and theft charges after he admitted stealing boxes of expensive electronics from different Walmart stores over the past few weeks to trade for drugs.
On June 26, loss prevention from the Cattlemen Road location contacted Tactical Unit deputies about a man who tried to leave the store with a 55 inch LED TV and a Home Theater system. There was a brief physical altercation when employees tried to stop him but the man fled on foot. Loss prevention recognized the man as a suspect in another case for which they had a vehicle tag number. Deputies identified the owner as Richard Hummel, DOB 6/25/76, 4046 Waikiki Drive, Sarasota, and used a prior mug shot to confirm he is the suspect in these crimes.
Deputies contacted Hummel as he arrived home last night and took him into custody. The garage door to his home was open and in plain view were multiple unopened boxes of electronics. Hummel gave deputies permission to search and they recovered two subwoofers, Sony speakers, Pioneer Speakers, one amplifier and an audio receiver.
As he was being placed under arrest, Hummel shoved two baggies of pills in the waistband of his pants. Deputies retrieved 9.5 grams of Hydrocodone and Xanax.
Hummel, who identified himself as a Paralegal with a local law group, is charged with Grand Theft, Resisting a Property Retail Merchant, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.