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Man gets 6 years for theft and drug charges in Charlotte County

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 09:25:58-05

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Charlotte County man has been sentenced to prison after being arrested for stealing from Walmart and on drug possession charges.

39-year-old Justin Richardson will spend 6 years in prison after being found guilty in a trial last month.

According to the State Attorney's Office, In May 2018 Richardson stole nearly $1,000 worth of electronic items from a Walmart in Englewood by hiding them under clothes in a shopping cart. He also stole an outdoor grill.

Richardson used a head scarf to conceal his identity as it covered a very large and distinctive tattoo on the back of his head. A deputy with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still recognized the defendant in the store’s surveillance video due to a tattoo with a girl’s name and unique design on his cheek.

He was found in a nearby motel room with some of the stolen items as well as methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.

A co-defendant, Sara Greus, pled no contest in her case to Grand Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance and was previously sentenced.