A Holmes Beach man about to face a June trial for heroin possession and related charges was arrested in connection with a shoplifting scheme.
William Ariss Brown, 30, was arrested May 7 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after he allegedly placed two 5-gallon cans of paint in a shopping cart at Home Depot, 2350 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, and left the store without paying.
In the parking lot, he allegedly gave the cart to a woman who attempted to return the paint to Home Depot for gift cards.
The escapade was caught on video and witnessed by the store’s loss prevention officer, according to the MCSO report.
MCSO deputies arrested Brown for felony theft and transported him to the Manatee County jail.
Brown had been out on bond after a March arrest in Longboat Key for heroin possession, driving on a suspended license and possessing paraphernalia.
His heroin case is set for a docket sounding June 16 and trial June 30.
Brown’s arraignment on the shoplifting charge is set for June 5.
Court proceedings are held at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
— Kathy Prucnell