Sebastian Police Arrest Theft Ring at Walgreens

Three members of a theft ring were arrested at Walgreens in Sebastian, Florida.
Three members of a theft ring were arrested at Walgreens in Sebastian, Florida.

Three theft ring members were arrested at Walgreens Wednesday after stealing bags full of merchandise, according to the Sebastian Police Department.

Officers responded to Walgreens located at 9595 US 1 in reference to a shoplifting call. Once on scene, the responding officers determined three suspects, later identified as 59-year-old Johnny L. Sanders, 35-year-old Johneisha L. Jackson and 37-year-old Toccara M. Huff all from Tampa, Florida stole approximately $475 worth of merchandise from the store and left.

The three suspects later returned to the store at which time the manager contacted the Sebastian Police Department. The manager observed the subjects walk toward the Publix parking lot (9621 US 1 Sebastian) and updated the responding officers.

Witnesses on scene advised the officers the suspects went into one of the restaurants in the Publix plaza, at which time Jackson and Huff were taken into police custody. A short time later, a Sebastian K9 officer and his K9 partner located Sanders hiding in a tree 150 yards in the woods the north of the Publix Plaza, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Sanders had an active warrant out of Chesterfield, Virginia for violating probation on two counts of attempted capital murder, eluding police, hit and run and forging public records and an active warrant out of Hillsborough County Florida for fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Huff had an active warrant also out of Hillsborough County, Florida for Felony Battery.

Stolen Merchandise
Stolen Merchandise
Stolen Merchandise
Stolen Merchandise

Upon searching the vehicle used by the suspects, over 230 items valued at over $2,000 of various over the counter medication, children’s medication, bug spray and energy drinks believed to be stolen from various stores throughout the state were located.

All three suspects were booked into the Indian River County Jail.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.