Extreme Shoplifting New Olympic Sport? VIDEO
BROOKSVILLE – The International Olympic Committee may consider a new sport for the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Extreme shoplifting is quickly gaining popularity and we caught up with a possible top contender at a local department store this afternoon.
He may not be getting a gold medal, but 36-year-old Giovanni Ferraro, of New Port Richey, did find himself behind bars, when he attempted to steal, not one, but two grocery carts filled with merchandise from the Walmart on Cortez Blvd.
Ferraro pushed the carts nearly 200 yards, with loss prevention employees hot on his trail, before sheriff’s deputies captured him in a nearby parking lot. Out of breath from the long distance run, fire rescue responded to the scene to make sure Ferraro was not suffering a serious medical episode, before he was transported to the jail.
Ferraro is charged with felony retail theft, resisting loss prevention employees, and resisting arrest. He remains behind bars at the Hernando County Jail – held on a $4,000 bond.
Click below to watch arrest video.
UPDATE: 10:55 P.M. – We have received additional information that a second person was arrested today, in connection with the Walmart theft. 37-year-old Gary Robert Whiteman of Port Richey, is charged with grand theft and resisting a loss prevention employee. Whiteman and Ferraro have since been released from jail.
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