Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Ex-Detective Faces Theft Charge

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Ex-Detective Faces Theft Charge

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MANATEE COUNTY

MANATEE COUNTY -- A Manatee County Sheriff's detective is facing theft charges after he was caught shoplifting Rogaine and women's deodorant at a Publix supermarket in Bradenton.

Former Detective Michael McClusky is accused of putting both items in his backpack while he was shopping at Bayshore Gardens Publix, and then leaving the store without paying for them, according to court documents.

A store surveillance video shows McClusky walking down an aisle and taking Rogaine and a stick of women's deodorant from a shelf and putting them in a backpack he had in his shopping cart.

Store security stopped McClusky who went through a checkout lane without paying for the items totaling $60.48, at the entrance of the store.

The store manager and security said in the report McClusky knew why he was being detained and turned over Rogaine and women's deodorant "without hesitation," but initially refused to provide his backpack for further search. …

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