Convicted felon fakes heart attack while partner in crime steals toys
(BTLS Staff) LAKE WALES – Authorities in Polk County have arrested a pair of suspects for stealing children’s toys from a Lake Wales Wal-Mart.
Taurus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, are facing a variety of charges including grand theft. Both have extensive criminal records.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report Dupree faked a ‘heart attack,’ to assist in the ruse. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the retail outlet located at 2000 State Road East.
Investigators say Scott walked out of the store with a shopping cart full of expensive items such as a motorized Barbie car, a Leap Frog table and a Barbie glamour house. Just as Scott was about to exit, Dupree fell to the ground clutching his chest near the entrance to the store.
As a group of customers and store employees gathers around the fallen man Scott slips by. A few moments later Dupree stands up, walks out and jumps into a silver-colored Sports Utility Vehicle with Scott behind the wheel.
Both men were positively identified through surveillance video.
Scott was released from state prison in 2013 after serving 10 years for an armed robbery conviction out of Polk County. He’s also been arrested for larceny, petit theft, robbery, fraud, burglary, assault and tampering with a witness.
At the time of this latest arrest Dupree was on felony probation. His prior arrests go back more than a decade and include a variety of charges – domestic battery, disruption of a school, battery, criminal mischief, aggravated battery, drug possession and disorderly conduct.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.