You might want to think twice about pickpocketing.
Pinecrest Police charged Derrick Hope, 56, with pick pocketing a 94-year-old man at a Publix at 13401 Pinecrest Parkway on Dec. 29.
“Hope was a person of interest early on in the investigation and Pinecrest detectives were already in contact with his parole officer,” spokeswoman Michele Hammontree said. “The parole officer alerted Pinecrest Police that Hope was in jail for unrelated charges March 2. Hope gave a full confession to detectives and was charged on March 3. Hope was in jail for a warrant for parole violation.”
Hope was charged with petty theft, grand theft, battery a person 65 or older, and fraud related charges.
According to police, Hope stole the veteran’s wallet with $65 and credit cards while walking in the meat department of the supermarket.
Soon after, Hope purchased items that totaled more than $6,000 with the victim’s credit card at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and liquor stores.
Officials say Hope is linked to similar pick-pocket incidents in nearby cities. Hope told investigators he was “remorseful and willing to apologize,” records show.
Records show Hope has a criminal history that includes robbery, resisting officers with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.