Elizabeth! It’s The Big One! Man Fakes Heart Attack To Steal Toys

Rebecca Miller

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — In a scene straight out of Sanford and Son, a man faked a heart attack so his friend could steal toys from a Lake Wales Walmart. It didn't work for Fred Sanford and it certainly didn't work for this dynamic duo.

Local TV station WFTV states that, according to an arrest report from Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, both of Lake Wales, filled a shopping cart at the Walmart on SR East in Lake Wales with a Power Wheels Barbie car, a Leap Frog tablet and a Barbie Glam vacation house. The items were valued at $369.00. The sticker shock itself is heart attack worthy.

The two men are seen on surveillance video walking through the store together shopping for the items. The surveillance video shows Dupree lying down on the ground near the entrance of the store, clutching his chest, simulating a heart attack while his accomplice is seen walking out of the store with the cart full of toys.

Fox News Tampa Bay reports, "This appeared to be done in an attempt to create a distraction long enough for Scott to exit the store, past all points of sale, without paying for the merchandise in the cart," an arrest affidavit stated. As concerned citizens check on Dupree, Scott clears the store. The footage shows Dupree performing a Christmas miracle, recovering from his heart attack, standing back up and walking out of the Walmart. The men left the Walmart parking lot in a silver SUV.grinch 2

The two were later found and arrested on charges of charged grand theft. Deputies say the men have 32 prior arrests between them.

Faking a heart attack may seem like an infallible plan. In fact, coronary heart disease (heart attack) is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the CDC, "About 600,000 people die each year -- that's 1 out of 4 deaths." This statistic is no laughing matter. Redd Foxx, who played Fred Sanford, used this tactic as a way to escape situations in the sitcom Sanford and Son. In this case and with Fred Sanford, the truth was discovered.

Concerned about your heart attack risk? Click here to read about the new FDA approved blood test that can warn you about your risk for heart attack before any symptoms occur. Remember that the holidays can bring on extra stress and increase the onset of heart attacks. Don't delay by minimizing or denying your symptoms. Take an aspirin and call 911. Symptoms include:

Save your life. Elizabeth can wait a little longer.