Man, teen facing felony theft charges

OKEECHOBEE — A man and a juvenile were arrested on felony theft charges after they allegedly stole items from Walmart that had a collective value in excess of $500.

Kyle Robert Selwyn (right), 20, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 4 on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of trespass after warning. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $3,500 bond.Hill-Selwyn

Aaron Bradley Hill (left), 17, U.S. 98 N., was also arrested on a felony charge of grand theft. He was also charged with filing a false report to law enforcement, which is a misdemeanor.

Hill, who was charged as an adult, was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

An arrest report by Officer Charles Green, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated Walmart asset protection employees apparently watched Selwyn and Hill take a number of different items.

According to the officer’s report, the pair were seen taking speakers and phone chargers then putting them in a back pack being worn by Hill.

Hill, continued the report, was also seen going to the men’s department and taking a pair of shoes. The officer stated Hill then took the shoes he was originally wearing and put them in the box that initially held the new shoes.

Hill then put that box containing his old shoes back on the shelf, Officer Green stated.

The officer also indicated that Hill had a watch concealed in one pocket of his pants and a knife in the other pocket. The teen used the knife to remove the security device from the watch, then put the watch on his left wrist, added Officer Green.

At one point Selwyn and Hill visited the store’s deli where they each ordered some food. They then ate their food as they walked about the store.

“They walked to the milk and each grabbed one to drink. They ate the food from the deli and drank a milk while they were standing in the store,” stated the officer. “They walked away and dropped the empty milk containers in the store. They also dropped the packaging of the food they were eating as well.”

Selwyn and Hill then took another back pack and began stuffing more items in it.

The pair were subsequently arrested when they allegedly tried to walk out of the store without paying for any of the items.

Officer Green’s report indicated the stolen items totaled $521.60.

Although Hill was initially taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Facility in Fort Pierce, he was returned to the Okeechobee County Jail because he had been charged as an adult in an earlier case. Because of that, he was then charged as an adult in this case.

Hill was arrested May 22 for an incident that occurred at a local fast food restaurant where he reportedly pulled a knife on another man and said: “I’ll gut you!”

Hill was then arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.

He was charged as an adult and on Aug. 14 was placed on probation for a period of five years and Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer withheld adjudication, said Assistant State Attorney Terry Tribble.

Mr. Tribble pointed out that because of this new arrest, Hill will not only be charged with violation of probation but he will again go before Judge Bauer on the May arrest and could now be found guilty.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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