Woman who purposely wasn’t carrying ID busted for shoplifting in Belleview

Darishia Elaine Whitfield

A woman who claimed she purposely wasn’t carry any identification was jailed Thursday afternoon after being accused of stealing items from a Belleview grocery store.

A Belleview police officer was called to the Publix, located at 10135 S U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in the Belleview Commons shopping center, and when he arrived, the store manager said 23-year-old Darishia Elaine Whitfield had exited the store with $65.57 worth of merchandise in her purse, a police report states.

The manager said he originally planned to just trespass Whitfield from the store, but he decided to call police for help when she became “extremely disrespectful” to him and other store employees. He said he wanted her arrested for retail petit theft, the report says.

The officer spoke with Whitfield in an office inside the grocery store and she told him she wasn’t carrying her ID. She was then trespassed from the location and the loss prevention officer was able to recover all of the stolen items, the report says, adding that the manager promised to provide video surveillance footage of Whitfield when it was available.

Whitfield was then taken into custody and en route to the Marion County Jail, the officer asked her if she had a valid driver’s license or identification card. Whitfield replied, “I knew I was going in the store to shoplift, so I didn’t want my ID on me,” the report says.

Whitfield, who lives at 14349 SE 42nd Terr. in Summerfield, was charged with larceny/shoplifting and released early Friday morning on $500 bond. Her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.