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Gainesville man accused of shoplifting and punching Sweetbay employee who tried to stop him in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — A Gainesville man with a lengthy criminal history, including at least nine prior convictions for theft, faces criminal charges in Hernando County after deputies say he pummeled a grocery store employee who tried to thwart his attempt to shoplift.

Leland Michael Inmon, 57, was arrested Tuesday on charges of retail theft, battery and resisting a merchant/employee and booked into the county jail. He remained behind bars Wednesday in lieu of $4,500 bail. The arrest report said a loss prevention officer at the Sweetbay Supermarket at 4221 Mariner Blvd. saw Inmon placing items in several shopping bags that he removed from his pocket.

When Inmon attempted to leave the store without paying for the items, the officer approached him, identified herself and tried to recover the items, the report said. Inmon responded by punching her in the face several times and then running out of the store.

Deputies later located Inmon at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hale Avenue in Brooksville and he was arrested.

The arrest report said Inmon has been convicted of battery twice. Inmon, who was born in Brooksville, is also known as Mike Jamon, the report said.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Gainesville man accused of shoplifting and punching Sweetbay employee who tried to stop him in Spring Hill 06/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:43pm]
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