Florida man arrested after ‘staring’ at women in a Target parking lot, cops say

Steven Elston
Steven Elston

On Friday, a deputy from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious vehicle call at a Target in Port St. Lucie.

The deputy on call soon found the vehicle in question, a white Dodge Ram pickup truck with a Florida tag, driving around the parking lot.

“The driver of the truck was a white male who was driving around passing available parking spaces, and staring at women as they came out of Target,” read the police report.

The deputy wrote that he observed the driver, later identified as Steven Elston, “looking in between vehicles while driving, possibly staring at shoppers exiting Target.”

As the officer was about to initiate a traffic stop, Elston pulled into a parking spot. The officer asked him about his actions, and the man responded that he was getting out to go shopping inside. The officer smelled marijuana coming from the interior of the car, and Elston was detained in the patrol car while a search was performed.

Inside, the deputy found a container with a red lid that tested positive on site for marijuana and weighed a total 73.2 grams.

When asked why he was driving around, looking at shoppers, Elston said he was just trying to locate his girlfriend. It is unclear if his girlfriend was actually inside the store.

The 59-year-old was arrested on possession charges and transported to St. Lucie County Jail.