Shoplifting/Retail Security News Round-Up www.privateofficer.com
A Butler man is accused of shoplifting and a drug law violation.
Butler City Police arrested John Summerville, who’s 34, Tuesday morning.
Summerville allegedly tried to steal a package of DVD’s from Rite Aid, on Main Street.
Officers say they found prescription drugs and some marijuana during Summerville’s arrest.
A Cincinnati man is under arrest, charged with shoplifting and hitting a police officer in the face as he tried to make his getaway.
54 year old Larry Whatley allegedly tried to walk out of the Kroger on Vine Street around 5 p.m. last night without paying for several items, including a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker, two long island iced teas, two pack of chicken legs and two packs of toothpicks.
An officer tried to stop Whatley and that’s when he allegedly hit the cop in the face with his elbow. The officer used a taser on Whatley.
Whatley is charged with theft, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer.
Oakland Park IL
Shari Jones, 37, 14517 S. Pulaski Road, Midlothian, was charged with retail theft after she took $322 in perfume April 4 from Sephora in Orland Square Mall, police said. She was also arrested on five warrants for larceny from a building from Holland, Mich., and a warrant for theft from Pima County, Ariz., police said.
Saul Vazquez-Jiminez, 31, and his wife, Leticia Jiminez, 30, both of Joliet, were each charged with retail theft after they took $786 in merchandise April 4 from J.C. Penney in the Orland Square Mall, police said
South Boston VA.
An adult and two juveniles face charges of shoplifting at Wal-Mart.
South Boston Police were dispatched to the store at 2:38 p.m. Monday, where the store’s loss-prevention associate told them that two suspects were behind Hibbett’s Sports Store and a third was seen in the parking lot near Wendy’s. The merchandise was recovered in a trash box, according to a news release from the police department.
Jaurice Farrell, 18, of Babe Street in South Boston, and two juveniles have been charged with shoplifting. Police contacted the juveniles’ parents, and they will be charged with shoplifting.
Michael Christian Thomas, 40, of Dock Street was charged Sunday with shoplifting at ShopRite. He also was charged with disorderly conduct and refusing to be fingerprinted. He was jailed on $5,000 bail.
Pedro A. Alverez, 33, of Dorchester was arrested on the afternoon of April 11after loss prevention officers at the Macy’s store at the South Shore Plaza detained him for allegedly stealing over $1,000 worth of clothing and concealing the merchandise in his backpack, Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
Loss prevention officers told Officer Paul Venuto that Alverez entered the fitting room several times and stuffed the clothing in his backpack.
“Alverez was followed to his car, where he was observed emptying his backpack and then returned to the store for more merchandise,” Jenkins said. “He allegedly attempted to bite one of the loss prevention officers in an effort to escape their custody. Merchandise was recovered from his backpack and vehicle.”
Alverez was charged with larceny over $250.
SPRING HILL FLA A shoplifting suspect led deputies on pursuit last Thursday after stuffing video game accessories in his shorts pockets.
A deputy was sent to the Target at Lakewood Plaza around 1 p.m. to assist loss prevention apprehend a suspected shoplifter. The suspect, William Moore, broke into a run when he was confronted at the door and jumped into his pickup truck, a report states.
Moore fled south on U.S. 19 with several cruisers behind him, before pulling over after about a mile at the intersection of Sealawn Drive, according to a report. Deputies say they recovered the stolen goods from Moore and drug paraphernalia from the pickup.
Moore, 31, was charged with possession of paraphernalia, fleeing to elude and felony shoplifting, because the stolen goods were worth more than $300.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—A shoplifting suspect rammed an undercover officer’s vehicle outside a popular department store and the officer opened fire, police said.
NBC 4 has been on the story since Tuesday night and had an update Wednesday morning.
CPD received a report of a shoplifter at Kohl’s on South Hamilton Road around 8:55 p.m. Tuesday night.
A plain-clothes CPD officer, who was later identified as Officer Bret Bodell, was nearby and responded, according to police.
CPD said Bodell observed a suspicious vehicle, set up surveillance and waited for uniformed officers to arrive.
Moments later, the officer saw the suspect, later identified as Homer Hendrix III, running from the store with merchandise, a police report said.
Hendrix jumped into a parked vehicle in the lot, and Bodell attempted to block the vehicle in, according to police.
Police said Hendrix put his vehicle into reverse and purposely rammed the officer’s vehicle repeatedly.
Bodell fired his service weapon and struck the suspect in the shoulder.
“It’s been proven. A vehicle can be used as a deadly weapon. It’s killed officers in the past, and if in fact, this vehicle was being used as a weapon and [the suspect] was ramming that car, then the officer will be justified,“ CPD Sgt. Rich Weiner said.
Hendrix was transported to Grant Medical Center in stable condition.
He was being charged with robbery and attempted felonious assault, according to the police report.
Bodell received minor injuries from the vehicle collision.
The shooting remained under investigation.
Bodell has been with CPD for 17 years and is currently assigned to the Strategic Response Bureau Enforcement Section
Monique Willis charged with shoplifting, simple battery and criminal damage to property
Beach High School basketball star and University of South Carolina signee Monique Willis is being held in the Chatham County jail after allegedly trying to steal clothing at Oglethorpe Mall.
Willis, an 18-year-old senior, is facing charges of theft by shoplifting, simple battery and criminal damage to property.
Savannah-Chatham police say the 5-foot-8 guard and McDonald’s All-America Game nominee was shopping in Macy’s young men’s department Friday afternoon when a loss prevention officer spotted her switching price tags with a pair of shorts she already purchased.
Willis walked into another department of the store with the goods and told a cashier another employee forgot to remove a security tag, a police report stated.
Willis left the store and loss prevention officers gave chase. She ran into two security guards and smashed through a glass door before being nabbed by a metro police officer.
She was treated for minor injuries at Memorial University Medical Center and booked into the Chatham County jail on Saturday. Willis remained in custody Tuesday night, said Chatham County Sheriff’s Lt. Tommy Tillman.
Willis was selected to the Class AAAAA All-State second-team this season. She played in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star Game in Savannah last month.
Beach High School girls basketball head coach Ronald Booker declined to comment Tuesday on Willis’ arrest. He said he was out of town and did not have her phone number available.
A call to Willis’ cell phone ended in a recording that stated the number was not in service.
South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley, responding to an inquiry by the Savannah Morning News, said in a statement, “We are aware of the recent legal issues surrounding signee Monique Willis. We will let the judicial process run its course before making any decisions on her status as part of our program.”
Macy’s will prosecute Willis, according to the police report. The incident was videotaped by surveillance cameras. The stolen property was returned to stock.
State Police arrested a Town of Watertown man yesterday for theft from Wal-Mart that was caught on security cameras.
Troopers arrested 20-year-old Timothy L. Gerrish Jr. of Floral Estates on one count of Petit Larceny. Gerrish is alleged to have stolen a Pre-paid Verizon cell phone valued at $53.75 from Wal-Mart on March 30th. Troopers stated Gerrish was arrested with the public’s assistance in identifying him from the store security pictures.
Gerrish was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Watertown Court
On April 9 at 3:29 p.m. police responded to Filene’s Basement in the Arsenal Mall for a shoplifting report. A security officer had seen Bonita Bugembe, 21, of 15 Kenmar Drive 23 in Billerica, place about $365 worth of merchandise in her bag, and try to leave the store. Security approached Bugembe, and detained her. She was charged with shoplifting over $100 worth of merchandise.
Police reported making several arrests at a local grocery store after security agents nabbed them for theft.
Police saif that Sergio Rodriguez-Cano, 30, of Cedar Street, was arrested Monday at ShopRite on the charge of shoplifting. He was released on his own recognizance.
Michael C. Thomas, 40, of Dock Street, was arrested Sunday at ShopRite on the charges of shoplifting and disorderly conduct. He was later charged with refusing to be fingerprinted, and was lodged in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Thomas is accused of attempting to steal candy, lunchmeat, deodorant and canned goods from the North 2nd Street grocery store. A ShopRite security officer also believed Thomas was in possession of items he stole from the nearby Acme grocery store.
Thomas reportedly directed profanities at store security and police following his arrest.
A Dorchester man suspected of shoplifting at the Macy’s store in South Shore Plaza on Saturday afternoon tried to bite a loss prevention officer who was attempting to detain him, Braintree police said.
Loss prevention officers saw Pedro Alverez, 33, go into a fitting room and stuff merchandise into his backpack, according to police reports.
Police say he took merchandise worth more than $1,000. He was charged with larceny over $250.
Myrtle Beach SC
Three North Carolina men were charged in Myrtle Beach after they tried to steal candy and condoms from Kmart, according to a police report.
Ronald Sullivan, 20, of Stedman, N.C., Addison Philyaw, and Nathan Gates, both 17 of Fayetteville, N.C., were each charged with shoplifting after police were called at 8:15 p.m. Saturday to the store on Kings Highway, police said. Two juveniles who were with the men were not charged because store officials declined to prosecute them.
A loss prevention employee told police he saw the group enter the store and take several candy bars, a package of chewing gum and a box of condoms from the shelves and hide them in their clothing, according to the report. The stolen items, valued at $18.37, were returned to the store.
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