Deputies arrest cross-dressing thieves wanted for strong-arm robbery in Louisiana

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jul 07, 2017

Two out of the three male suspects wanted in Polk county for dressing as women and robbing a Lakeland and Winter Have Home Depot were arrested Sunday night in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

The Polk County Sheriff's Office issued warrants for the arrests of 18-year-old Omar McCrae and 19-year-old Malik Taylor on July 6.

They were arrested at a hotel in Louisiana. It is unknown at this time why they were in Louisiana.

Detectives identified the third suspect as 20-year-old Exavier Walker, who also goes by Xavier and Mya, on July 10. They believe he may be in the Tampa Bay area. 



On June 22, deputies say that the three men committed retail theft at the Lakeland Home Depot on S. Florida Ave., stealing hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards. Officials say they became aggressive when confronted by store personnel, then left.

On July 6, the same suspects went to the Winter Haven Home Depot on 8th St. NW and again attempted to steal gift cards according to deputies. Video shows McCrae putting a 69-year-old clerk in a choke hold while Walker scanned and activated gift cards.

They each have criminal histories in Hillsborough County, including 60 previous felonies from Taylor.

McCrae and Taylor will be extradited to Polk County and detectives are still working to identify the third suspect.