Good Samaritan apprehends alleged thief

OKEECHOBEE — When Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Deputy Heath Hughes responded Thursday to a local business in regard to an alleged theft, he soon found he had help.

The deputy stated in his report that upon his arrival a Good Samaritan had tackled the suspect and “… detained the subject until law enforcement arrived.”

Jesse Adams

Jesse Adams

At the conclusion of his investigation Deputy Hughes arrested 29-year-old Jesse Lee Adams on a felony charge of grand theft.

Adams, of a N.W. 34th Ave. address in Okeechobee, is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $5,000 bond.

According to the deputy’s arrest report Adams entered Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S., around 2 p.m. on Oct. 8 and was acting “… very suspiciously.”

At one point the store’s assistant manager saw Adams load a Champion 3000W propane generator into a shopping cart, stated the report. Adams, continued the report, then began pushing the cart toward the store’s front door.

Georgianna Taylor, the store’s assistant manager, reportedly saw Adams push the cart containing the generator out the front door. Ms. Taylor ran outside and grabbed the cart and as she did, Adams reportedly bolted.

Witnesses apparently told the deputy they followed Adams as he ran south toward the Publix Supermarket, then crossed U.S. 441 South to the Gilbert Chevrolet sales lot.

At that point a Hispanic male stopped his vehicle in the highway median “… and tackled the suspect,” stated Deputy Hughes.

Deputy Hughes went on to point out it is believed the unnamed Good Samaritan was in the store at the time of the alleged theft and “… followed the suspect to assist in his capture.”

The deputy’s report went on to indicate Tractor Supply employees recovered the generator and returned it to the shelf. The generator, added Deputy Hughes, sells for $349.99.

Adams, stated the deputy, has been trespassed from the store.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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