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Attorney General Moody Charges Duo with Organized Retail Theft for Stealing Up to $20,000 in Merchandise in Four County Crime Spree

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is charging two individuals with felony organized retail theft. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Jimmy Carter Lamar and Donkeria Euniece Burgess stole dozens of items including Stanley cups, Bogg Bags, fragrances and other products during a 30-day period, totaling between $15,000 and $20,000. Thefts occurred at numerous stores including Dicks Sporting Goods, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Ulta Beauty and others crossing multiple judicial circuits.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This duo stole up to $20,000 worth of items, including Stanley cups, Bogg Bags and more from stores in four Florida counties within a 30-day period. Organized retail theft carries a real cost to businesses, resulting in even higher prices for consumers. Thanks to our law enforcement partners working with our statewide prosecutors, these thieves face felony charges.”

According to the investigation, Lamar and Burgess stole items including Stanley cups, Bogg Bags, high-end fragrances, cosmetics and household items by concealing the items and quickly leaving the store without paying. In a 30-day period from February to March, the duo stole $15,000 to $20,000 in merchandise from retailers including Dicks Sporting Goods, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Ulta Beauty, CVS and Walmart. The thefts occurred in Brevard, Broward, Orange and Palm Beach counties.

Burgess committed the crimes while serving probation for a previous aggravated child abuse charge. PBSO separately arrested Lamar on charges for fleeing and eluding authorities in March. Burgess remains at large.

Both individuals are charged with second-degree felony organized retail theft.

Attorney General Moody’s OSP will prosecute the case.

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Governor DeSantis vetoed Housing for Legally Verified Agricultural Workers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Today, Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed CS/SB 1082 Housing for Legally Verified Agricultural Workers.

Florida’s agriculture industry was hoping a newly passed bill that would limit local regulations on farmworker housing will bolster efforts to bring in more non-immigrant foreign workers.

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State Attorney Andrew Warren Announces New Wave of Endorsements from Esteemed Legislators and Elected Leaders

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Tampa, FL – State Attorney Andrew Warren’s re-election campaign is proud to announce another significant round of endorsements from distinguished current and former legislators and elected leaders. This new wave of support highlights the broad and diverse coalition rallying behind Andrew Warren’s leadership and vision to make Hillsborough County safer, fight for victims, and improve the criminal justice system.

Among those endorsing State Attorney Warren are:

  • Hon. Betty Castor, Former Florida Commissioner of Education and State Senator

  • Hon. Pat Frank, Former State Senator and Hillsborough Clerk of Courts

  • Hon. Les Miller, Former State Senator and Hillsborough County Commissioner

  • Hon. E.J. Salcines, Former State Attorney and Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal

  • Hon. Rod Smith, Former State Attorney and State Senator

  • Rep. Dianne Hart, Florida House of Representatives

  • Rep. Susan Valdes, Florida House of Representatives

  • Hon. Ben Diamond, Former State Representative

  • Hon. Adam Hattersley, Former State Representative

  • Hon. Ed Narain, Former State Representative

  • Hon. Sean Shaw, Former State Representative and Insurance Consumer Advocate

Reflecting on his achievements and the collaborative efforts that have driven his office’s success, Warren stated, “I’m incredibly honored to have the support of so many distinguished public servants. They know I’ll reverse the alarming increase in crime over the past two years and make Hillsborough safer—just as I did before.”

During Warren’s time in office, crime dropped 32%, making Hillsborough the safest large county in Florida. Under Warren’s leadership, the State Attorney’s Office launched several groundbreaking initiatives that made our neighborhoods safer and protected victims, including:

  • Disarming Domestic Abusers, in which the State Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecuted domestic abusers to take guns from them and protect survivors of domestic violence.

  • The Victims’ Rights Amendment, a constitutional amendment that Warren championed and ultimately was passed by voters across Florida to protect the rights of crime victims.

  • The Conviction Review Unit, which exonerated an innocent man wrongfully incarcerated for 37 years and charged the actual perpetrators who had committed a spree of murders in the 1980s.

This announcement follows a haul of more than $210,000 raised during his first 45 days on the campaign trail and the endorsements received from Tampa Bay regional political leaders.

First elected in 2016 by defeating a 16-year incumbent, State Attorney Warren is seeking re-election to a third term as State Attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida. Warren, a Democrat, points to his proven record of reduced crime, increased public safety, and improvements to the justice system. Warren is a former federal prosecutor and a champion of effective criminal justice policy, focused on balancing punishment, accountability, prevention, and rehabilitation to maximize public safety.

For more information about the campaign, please visit AndrewWarrenFL.com

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Endorses Gayle Harrell for Senate District 31

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STUART – Governor Ron DeSantis today endorsed Gayle Harrell for Senate District 31. Harrell currently represents the Treasure Coast district, which includes Martin County and parts of Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties.
“Governor Ron DeSantis has admirably led our great state through a global pandemic, devastating storms and Joe Biden’s disastrous economy. I am proud of the work we have done together to keep Florida free, and honored to have our great Governor’s endorsement,” said Harrell.”

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