(February 7, 2019)-  On January 15, 2019, a Walmart loss prevention employee watched three black females exit the store with three shopping carts full of items that they did not pay for. The females were confronted by loss prevention and abandoned the shopping carts, got into a silver compact car and left the area. The stolen items totaled over $700.

Detective Costa was assigned the case and requested that the Public Affairs Office release snapshots from the store video surveillance of the incident to the media to see if anyone could identify any of the females. A witness came forward and identified one of the females as Debra Deanna Smith (B/F, DOB: 10/10/1992) and advised that Smith was already in custody at the Lee County Jail on an unrelated charge.

Detective Costa charged Smith with Grand Theft on February 6, 2019. 

The original release can be found here.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the great partnership that we have with the community. This arrest was in big part to tips sent in identifying the suspect. These effective partnerships between law enforcement and our community are essential to public safety. It’s pivotal that law enforcement, community groups, businesses, and of course private citizens understand that public safety is a shared responsibility.” ~ Master Sergeant Allan Kolak, Cape Coral Police Department, Public Affairs Office  

ARRESTED: Debra Deanna Smith, B/F, DOB: 10/10/1992, Transient

CHARGES: Grand Theft


CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341