Florida man sentenced in shoplifting

WOODSTOCK – A Florida man who shoplifted from the Wal-Mart in town in April and fled to the store roof had been wanted for violating probation related to a 2013 manslaughter conviction.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Bradley Jon Broberg, 27, of Boynton Beach, Florida, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to 12 months in jail with nine months and 14 days suspended for a conviction on one count of possession of heroin; 12 months, all time suspended, for shoplifting; and 11 months, all suspended for providing false identification to a law enforcement officer. Broberg had been incarcerated at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail since his arrest.

A grand jury indicted Broberg on the charges as well as one count of identity theft earlier on Wednesday. An agreement reached between Broberg’s lawyer Charles Ramsey and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski called for the defendant to plead guilty to the three charges. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the court, on the commonwealth’s motion, dismissed Broberg’s charge of identity theft.

The parties told Hupp that Broberg was wanted for a probation violation out of Florida.

Woodstock police Officer D.R. Dunivan responded to the Wal-Mart at 461 W. Reservoir Road for a report of shoplifting in progress. Dunivan made contact with Broberg and while talking to the suspect noticed he was wearing shoes he had not paid for, according to information provided by Zalenski in her proffer of the commonwealth’s evidence. Broberg then pulled out a pair of Wrangler pants from inside his shorts. The suspect threw the pair of Wrangler pants on the floor and ran from the officer. The suspect later was found on the roof of Wal-Mart, the prosecutor said. The officer discovered the suspect possessed gel caps. Dunivan read Broberg his Miranda rights and the suspect told the officer he was trying to steal the clothes, and the gel caps contained heroin. Broberg told the officer he fled because he had violated probation in Florida.

Broberg had given the officer different names when asked for his identification, Zalenski said.

Online media accounts show that Broberg pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of drunken driving resulting in manslaughter for causing a vehicle crash in Massachusetts that resulted in the deaths of two women. Broberg subsequently violated probation in Florida, according to other online media reports.