PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. - Charlotte County detectives have arrested two women caught on surveillance cameras stealing merchandise from a Wal-Mart.
CCSO issued a press release Sunday after deputies obtained store photos of the two women pushing carts out of the store without paying for $624 in merchandise.
Their photos were seen on area television, newspapers, and the CCSO website/Facebook. CCSO received numerous tips on the identity of the women.
Arrested were 31-year-old Nichole C. Goff and 39-year-old Julie Marie Northcutt. Detectives went to their home at 10 a.m. Monday and observed the red pickup in the driveway used to hall away the merchandise. Goff and Northcutt were both at home and placed under arrest for Grand Theft. Both said they were going to turn themselves in and realized they were wrong for stealing items from Wal-Mart. Goff and Northcutt also said they had bad drug problems and stole the items from Wal-Mart to sell for pills. Both said they had already sold the stolen items for four pills. Detectives are continuing the investigation.
Wal-Mart security contacted CCSO after they were reviewing surveillance video and observed Goff and Northcutt enter the store at 10:47 a.m. Goff went to the Electronics Department and put a 32-inch Samsung television in her cart; then two other electronic items and also put them in her cart. Northcutt went to the Home Department and put a $198 Pro Shark Vacuum in her cart. Both left the store passing all points of sale; they put the stolen merchandise in the bed of a red Chevrolet pickup and drove off.
Goff and Northcutt are being processed at the Charlotte County Jail at this time; each has a $2,500 bond.