Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who they believe is a career shoplifter, who shoplifts 2 to 3 times per week.

Richard McIntosh was arrested for two separate shoplifting incidents at two different Home Depots- one in Lakeland and one in Winter Haven.

On December 6, McIntosh stole $320 worth of wire from the store in Lakeland, and on January 5, he stole $180 worth of screws from the store in WinterHaven. After his arrest, McIntosh told detectives and Home Depot loss prevention that he shoplifts "2 or 3 times per week,"taking gift cards and merchandise from Home Depot, netting "$600 to $700 per day"and selling what he steals on the streets in exchange for crack-cocaine.

McIntosh claimshe has been doingthis for the past 25 years.

Although McIntosh claims this is the first time he has "been caught for shoplifting," he has been in the Polk County Jail on 26 prior occasions, for a variety of charges, from drug-related crimes to aggravated assault, battery, androbbery.

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