Gainesville man arrested for armed robbery after threatening Walmart loss prevention officers with pepper spray


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Weston Marcus Predmore, 28, was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly stealing $384.60 in items from Walmart and threatening the loss prevention officers with pepper spray.

At about 3 p.m. yesterday, loss prevention officers at the Walmart at 5700 NW 23rd Street reportedly saw Predmore take a 43-inch TV and six lawn care items and leave the store without paying for them. Two loss prevention officers tried to stop him, but he allegedly pointed a pepper spray device at them, saying, “I have Mace” and “You girls better watch out.”

One of the loss prevention officers took a photo of Predmore driving away in a red Dodge Neon with an unregistered Indiana tag. Gainesville Police Department officers located the car at a residence in the 2900 block of NE 15th Street and contacted Predmore in the front yard, still wearing the clothes shown on the Walmart surveillance video and still reportedly in possession of the pepper spray canister.

Post Miranda, Predmore reportedly admitted driving the car and said he knew the tag was attached to the car and that the VIN was scratched out of the dashboard. He reportedly said he did not have the money to pay for the items and did not complete the purchase; he also admitted pulling out the chemical spray in front of the loss prevention officers.

Predmore reportedly said he had to wait for his roommate to send him money via CashApp and that he got confused about how to pay for the items on Walmart’s app, but officers noted that the store video did not show him trying to pay.

Predmore was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a weapon other than a firearm and illegally attaching a license plate that was not registered to the vehicle. Predmore has no Florida criminal history but has active warrants from five states for drugs, traffic offenses, theft, and violation of probation. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $201,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • He truly is an idiot. I guess his top subject in high school wasn’t Geography. He should have turned right, (West), towards California from Indiana instead of left and down, (Southeast) to Florida.

    Governor Newsom may let you get away with it but Governor DeSantis don’t play that game here.

  • Another import. If the state attorneys and judges were serious they could make it so criminal never want to come to Florida but in Wokeville that probably will never happen.

  • Should have put the tv in his underwear what was he thinkin…

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