Clermont Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Distraction Theft Suspects


The Clermont Police Department is seeking out the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in a several distraction thefts.

The Clermont Police Department is investigating three incidents of distraction thefts occurring in the City of Clermont involving four to five suspects.  According to victim statements and video surveillance, one suspect appears to distract the victim while a second suspect steals the victim’s wallet from the shopping cart.  The victim is generally not aware of the theft until they are done shopping as the suspect steals their wallet directly from the victim’s purse.  The suspects then use the victim’s stolen credit cards at nearby businesses.

The first incident occurred on May 30th at the Hobby Lobby in Clermont at 6:20 PM.  The second occurred on June 4th at Home Goods at 11:00 AM during which time the suspects were driving a grey or silver colored sedan.  The third incident occurred on July 22 at the Aldi’s and AT Home stores at 11:00 AM during which time the suspects were driving a while colored sedan.  The suspects have been known to use the stolen credit cards at Walgreens, Home Depot and CVS.


Clermont Police Investigators have developed felony charges on these suspects and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Eric Lane at (352) 394-5588 option #3 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.