SANFORD, FLORIDA – A Lake County deputy sheriff has been arrested by Sanford police on charges he and an accomplice tried to steal more than $1,400 worth of merchandise from a Walmart, police said.
Robert Mosley, 35, is accused of shoplifting children’s computer-learning games, ink cartridges, Accu-Check test strips for diabetics and shaving kits on Tuesday from the Walmart at 1601 Rinehart Road, according to a Sanford police report.
Mosley has been with the Lake Sheriff’s Office since February 2007. A patrol deputy, he has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of an administrative disciplinary review, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
He was arrested Tuesday afternoon with a co-defendant, Jason James Pelleteri, 37, who doesn’t work for the Sheriff’s Office.
Store officials became suspicious of the men, who were seen pushing shopping carts in the store, pacing the aisles and acting nervously before hiding the merchandise and leaving without paying, a police report said.
About 1:35 p.m., Pelleteri was seen pushing a cart through the electronics department, where he picked up several ink cartridges. He then walked to the toy department and picked out several cartridges for the children’s computerized game systems, Vtech and LeapFrog, a report said.
Mosley then met him and began sorting through the merchandise and added several shaving kits to the cart, a report said.
The two men continued to pace the aisles, with Mosley looking up for security cameras, as the merchandise was placed inside a tan shopping bag. Then they went outside into the garden center, where Mosley helped Pelleteri hide the bag on his person, before they both left the store without paying, the report said.
All the merchandise, with a total retail value of $1,408, was recovered, the report said.
While being questioned by Sanford police, Mosley identified himself as a deputy sheriff and asked for the handcuffs to be removed and told officers, “We were not shopping together.”
Pelleteri faces an additional charge of removing an anti-theft device, which was found on him at the time of his arrest, the police report said.