Tampa man arrested for stealing flash drives in Punta Gorda

CREATED Jan. 6, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 6, 2014

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested a Tampa man on Saturday in connection with the theft of $1,000 worth of flash drives and other merchandise from the Punta Gorda Walmart Super Center.

Deputies were called just after 10 a.m. when store employees were chasing a man who had left the Walmart without paying for several items.

When a deputy arrived he an the employee chasing Osmel Gonzalez-Gutierrez, 55, of 3309 Columbus Drive in Tampa, through the parking lot of the Pilot Gas Station on Jones Loop Road.
When confronted by the deputy, Gonzalez-Gutierrez stopped and arrested.  The Walmart employee told the deputy he had witnessed Gonzalez-Gutierrez put several boxes of Gillette razor cartridges and some other items in a shopping cart. 
When deputies searched Gonzalez-Gutierrez, they found the razor cartridges, two bottles of Advil and 18 packages of San Disk flash drives and USB cards.  The total value of the merchandise taken was $966.66.
Gonzalez-Gutierrez was charged with retail grand theft and resisting a merchant.  He was released on a total $15,000 bond.