Friday, July 21, 2017

Man is caught both on Video and by an Undercover Cop who watched him as he Stole 15 Cans of Motor Oil and 30 DVDs from a 7-11 ~ Call Michael A. Haber, Esq. @ 1-888-SHARK-8-1

On June 1st, 2017 surveillance video (which you can watch by clicking here) captured the moment that a baggy pant thief tried to steal 15 bottles of motor oil and 30 DVDs from a convenience store by stuffing them in his jeans before being caught by an undercover cop.

Polk County Deputy Sheriff Detective Phil Ryan was sitting in an unmarked car in a 7-11 parking lot when he saw 38 y/o William J. Hall walk into the store wearing very baggy jeans.

(No, I did not put the arrow or the lettering in the still pic... that was done by the Polk County Sheriff's IT guy, who posted a whole series of pictures on their Facebook page following this incident.  You can view the Polk County Sheriff's Facebook page by clicking here.)  Per Detective Ryan (and the surveillance footage) he watched as Hall turned down the first aisle, proceed to stuff 15 bottles of Penzoil and 30 discounted DVDs into his baggy jeans and moments later walk out, with pants that were inflated with the stolen goods.  As Hall walked toward his car, noticeably straining to carry the loot.

Detective Ryan exited his vehicle and escorted Hall back inside, where he was told to remove the stolen goods...

and Hall did as he was told, returning the booty, all 15 bottles of motor oil and 30 DVDs, to an employee who was behind the counter...

Later the Polk County Sheriff would make light of the easy collar by posting the following on their Facebook page along with the picture below...

And now it's time for a Polk County #CrazyCriminal story - filed under #youcantmakethisstuffup.
Question: What do the items in this photo have in common? Answer: They all fit in 38 yr old William Jason Hall's pants.
Last Thursday afternoon, June 1st, Detective Phil Ryan was parked in his unmarked patrol car at the 7-Eleven store on Duff Road in north Lakeland, when he saw Mr. Hall, who was wearing baggy blue jeans, walk into the store, go down the first aisle in direct line-of-sight with the detective, and put 15 quart-sized bottles of Pennzoil into his pants.
Mr. Hall then dropped several movies from the shelf onto the floor, bent down, stacked the movies on top of one another, picked them up, and slid them down into his pants too. He walked out of the store, past Detective Ryan who was still in his car, and attempted to get into his own vehicle.
Detective Ryan said, "I don't think so," and went up to Mr. Hall. We imagine he said something that began with, "Are those movies and bottles of motor oil in your pants, or.......?"
In case you're wondering (and we know you are) it was an assortment of "Treasure Hunt!" movies - 30 DVDs to be exact. We went to 7-Eleven's website to find out exactly what a "Treasure Hunt!" movie is - here's the description, listed under "last minute gift ideas": An eclectic selection of gently watched DVDs and Blu-Ray disks that can keep one occupied for hours priced from $1.99 to $5.99. They include movies and full seasons of popular television series. Look for the “Treasure Hunt” display. Participating stores may also carry popular CDs, value-priced from $3.99 to $7.99.
Mr. Hall, the next time you need some motor oil and last-minute gifts, please pay for them. That guy in the car outside might just be a plainclothes detective. This arrest was his third for petit theft, making these charges a felony. #funnynotfunny

Memo to William J. Hall (and the Folks):

When it comes to the subject of "Cops, Courts and Constitutions" you should always have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who is focused on serving your interests.  While we can't stop the cops from arresting you, as your legal counsel Michael A. Haber, PA will ensure that your rights are respected from the moment that representation begins and that any abuses which may have occurred beforehand are remedied.

At Michael A. Haber, P.A. "Its all about reasonable doubt"!

Michael A. Haber, Esq. is prepared to speak with you about your case!

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