Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Ocala, Florida (SafeCITY) - Johnnie Brown, a 29-year-old Ocala man was jailed after he allegedly stole bras to surprise his jailbird girlfriend - then ended up in jail himself as a result.

According to Ocala police, a Walmart loss prevention employee reportedly saw Brown enter the store in a motorized wheelchair around 7:00 p.m, go into the womens' section and pick up two bras. One was a red bra and one was zebra striped.

He then reportedly went to another part of the store and stuffed the bras, worth about $20, into his pants.

Investigators say Brown then went through the checkout line and purchased a few miscellaneous items and then attempted to leave the store without paying for the bras. He was detained by store security officers until police arrived.

Brown stated that he planned to give the bras to his girlfriend of three years, who was set to be released from prison later this month. He said that the cash money in his pocket (about $350) was for rent and that he wasn't sorry for stealing the bras because "times were tough."

He also explained that he was bound to a wheelchair because one of his feet had been amputated.

Brown was booked into jail and was charged with petit theft. He was released after posting $500 bail.

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