The Arrest of Sylvia “Dee Dee” Pritchard, business owner of Wakulla Gold Buyers llc. and Lighthouse Lady Cleaning Service Inc., and the execution of a search warrant for stolen property
On January 11, 2017, Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sylvia Pritchard by authority of an arrest warrant charging her with one count of Organized Dealing in Stolen Property (1st degree felony) and three counts of Dealing in Stolen Property (2nd degree felonies); and executed a search warrant at her residence, located at 168 Bettywood Circle, Crawfordville, Florida. Her daughter, Starla Brooke Pritchard, was also present and was arrested by authority of an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of probation.
The investigation of Sylvia Pritchard began following the thefts of multiple bicycles from the Walmart in Crawfordville, during which a thief’s depiction was captured by video cameras. CID Detectives reviewed the video footage, took screen shots of the thief, and posted them on Facebook along with a request for assistance in identifying the subject. With the assistance of Wakulla County citizens, the thief was identified. Thereafter, CID identified three other associates to the bicycle thief who assisted with the theft on that date. CID Detectives interviewed the thieves, who admitted to participation in these crimes, and also explained the role of Sylvia Pritchard in the thefts. The investigation revealed that this bicycle theft was not a “typical” retail theft; rather, it was one of multiple retail thefts committed by an organized cadre of thieves working in conjunction with one another on behalf of Sylvia Pritchard.
Through the review of investigative reports and evidence; interrogations; interviews; covert undercover operations; and fixed, moving and electronic surveillance; multiple thefts were identified that transpired from multiple businesses, and the involvement of Sylvia Pritchard in “organizing” these illegal acts was corroborated and verified. It was determined that on repeated instances, Sylvia Pritchard provided a “shopping list” of items to be stolen to one of multiple thieves, who would subsequently steal the items on the “shopping list.” Once the stolen items were delivered to Sylvia Pritchard, she would determine what the retail price would have been for the stolen item by scanning the bar code on the side of each stolen item with a cellular telephone app. Ms. Pritchard would then compensate the thieves at half of what the retail price would have been for the stolen items, in cash.
CID Detectives identified multiple items that had been acquired by Sylvia Pritchard in this manner and stored at her residence. CID Detectives obtained a search warrant to search Sylvia Pritchard’s residence, which was executed on January 11, 2018. Multiple items were recovered and seized, including four bicycles, a Disney Cinderella 24volt Kids electric car valued at $398, household supplies, pet food, portable electronic hardware, and personal hygiene products. When the search warrant was executed, Sylvia Pritchard was present, as was her daughter, Starla Brooke Pritchard. Starla Brooke Pritchard had an outstanding arrest warrant pending for violation of probation.
On January 11, 2018, CID Detectives arrested Sylvia Pritchard and Starla Brooke Pritchard, and booked them both into the Wakulla County Jail.