Port St. Lucie police investigating a series of “pickpocket” incidents arrested a 29-year-old man Wednesday in connection with a number of thefts at Wal-Mart and Publix.
Aaron Lee Adams, who lives in Brevard County, was charged with petit theft, grand theft and possession of marijuana, records show. He was being held at the St. Lucie County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $10,250 in bond.
The thefts occurred between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12 at Wal-Mart in the 1800 block of Southwest Gatlin Boulevard and Publix in the 10000 block of Southwest Village Center Drive, according to a statement from police. All the victims were women.
Police had earlier notified several businesses, giving them a description of a suspect.. On Wednesday, Wal-Mart security spotted the man in the store, where he allegedly had taken a wallet from an 81-year-old customer’s sweater pocket, said the police statement. When the woman realized her wallet was missing, Adams returned it to her, telling her she must have dropped it, the statement said.
He was arrested as he left the store. Police say Adams is the suspect in five additional wallet thefts that occurred Feb. 1 at Publix and Feb. 3 and 7 at Wal-Mart.