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Two Suspects Arrested on Multiple Charges
Osceola County, Florida – Today, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives with the Property Crimes West Unit obtained felony warrants for Jessica Barker and Kristen Grodetz charged with Grand Theft, Child Neglect and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
The investigation began on June 28 when deputies responded to Publix Supermarket located at 29 Blake Boulevard in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a store employee who indicated two females were inside the store shopping with 2 young girls and a three-year old. They placed approximately $476 dollars of items in a shopping cart and attempted to leave the store without paying. When a store employee approached the group, the two females, identified as Barker and Grodetz quickly exited with the three-year old child, leaving the two young girls in the store.
Detectives spoke with the young girls, both were age 11. They told deputies they were visiting from Lehigh, Florida. One girl was in the care of her mother, Grodetz, and the other girl was with her guardian, Barker. They were told to place items in the shopping cart and leave the store without paying. The girls had contact numbers for Barker and Grodetz and deputies attempted to call both women. Barker answered the phone and told deputies she would return to pick up the girls, but several hours passed and she did not. Deputies were able to reach one of the girls’ mothers in Lehigh, but she did not have transportation to pick up her daughter who was in Kissimmee under with a guardian.
Based on this information, deputies contacted the Department of Children and Families who took custody of the girls. Arrest warrants were obtained for Barker and Grodetz. Detectives contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to have deputies arrest the suspects in Lehignyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are h, but they were not located.
Aeligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.
- Jessica Barker (DOB 7/20/83), 107 Starview Avenue, Lehigh, Florida
- Kristen Grodetz (DOB 7/10/89), 2310 Orange Street, Lehigh, Florida