Florida Man Caught Stealing During Walmart’s ‘Shop With A Cop’ Event

A Florida man was put into custody after he tried taking several items from Walmart when dozens of cops and other law enforcement personnel were present for a kids’ Christmas shopping event.

The news came from a Facebook post by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week discussing a man dubbed “Brad,” who reportedly attempted to steal unnamed items from a Walmart south of Orlando in St. Cloud, Florida.

“Seriously we just can’t make this up,” read the post.

“Brad decided to steal from our good neighbors and partners at Walmart in St. Cloud while we were conducting the Shop With a Cop event with the children of our community.”

“Bad news, Brad! The store was full of deputies, almost 40, beside the forensics team, the community services team, the CSOs, the OCSO Majors, and Sheriff Marcos R. Lopez. Bad idea, Brad.”

Included in the post were pictures of numerous items, albeit with no context given by the sheriff’s office. Objects appearing in the photographs include perfume, gloves, hedge clippers, a syringe, and a bag with some type of substance in it.

The Blaze reported that it is unclear if Brad was booked into jail or charged with any type of crime.

A video from the Christmas children’s event can be found below:

Florida has been well-known to have outspoken law enforcement for quite some time now. In Santa Rosa County, outspoken Florida Sheriff Bob Johnson drew national attention after he famously encouraged Americans to defend both their property and lives with the most force possible.

“If someone breaks into your house you are more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County,” Johnson said to reporters in April 2020. “We prefer that you do, actually.”

The Florida sheriff has also offered lessons for residents who hope to improve their skills in firearm defense.

“You’re not in trouble,” he said at the time. “Come see us. We have a gun safety class we put on every other Saturday. If you take that, you’ll shoot a lot better and, hopefully, you’ll save taxpayers money.”