Broward County

After wine theft, a knife escalates legal problems for a Broward woman

A misdemeanor wine robbery could land Shellee Ross in prison.
A misdemeanor wine robbery could land Shellee Ross in prison.

An Oakland Park woman accused of stealing wine could face a felony punishment.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says someone seeing Weston’s Country Isles Plaza Publix surveillance video released Mar. 22 recognized Shellee Ross as the woman packing two Veuve Cliquot and six pinot grigio bottles into a tote bag and toting them out on Jan. 26. Court records recognize Ross’ name as being on probation for petit theft after being accused of stealing $411.20 worth of cookware from Walmart.

When BSO showed up at Ross’ home to make the arrest in a $243.92 Weston Publix theft, the 31-year-old was cooperative. Before she put her hands behind her back, the affidavit says, Ross pulled a nine-inch knife with a 4 3/4-inch serrated blade out of her waistband and tossed it on the floor.

The affidavit says the probation officer on the scene quickly said the concealed weapon was a violation of felony probation. Ross faces one count of petit theft, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of violation of probation/community control.

This isn’t Ross’ first probation. She had been on probation in 2014 and 2015 after wayward driving led to a traffic stop. Despite cops said she gave them a false name and attempted to gulp the illegal narcotics with her, police discovered Ross didn’t have a driver’s license and had hydromorphone.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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