The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 11, 2013

WalMart thieves caught red-handed


TARBORO — The Tarboro Police Department made three arrests involving two separate incidents in a four-hour period in the WalMart parking lot Friday.

In the first incident, police were called to WalMart around 5:30 p.m. about two suspected female shoplifters. When police arrived, they found the two suspects getting into a green Honda in the parking lot near the garden center. When Sgt. Dean Best and Cpl. Mike Trevathan approached the suspects, they questioned 22-year old Latisha Denise Miller, of 400 Walston St. Apt. 26, Princeville and 17-year old Timquaysha Kelisha Petteway, of 400 Walston St. Apt. 25, Princeville, about items that had been stolen from the store.

According to reports, officers questioned Miller and asked her if she had anything in her possession that didn't belong to her. Miller proceeded to open her pocketbook, where officers found several containers of beauty products. Upon a further search, Sgt. Best found a canvas bag in the back seat of the vehicle that contained a large amount of clothing that had been stolen.

As officers finished their search, a loss prevention officer told them that she observed Petteway steal two bathing suits. When officers questioned Petteway, she told them she stole the bathing suits because she wanted to.

Officers charged both suspects with misdemeanor larceny after $409 in merchandise was recovered from the two suspects.

Miller was given a $500 secured bond and Petteway was charged and released.

In a separate incident about four hours later, police were called back to WalMart about another larceny.

According to reports, WalMart employees gave police a description of a black Nissan parked on aisle six in the parking area. When patrolmen Keith Gorham and John Anderson arrived, they found the vehicle and questioned the driver, 18-year old Montreizes Deval Morris of 708 Newton Ave., Princeville.

Officer Gorham searched Moore, but didn't find anything. Gorham then asked for consent to search the vehicle. When officer Anderson entered the vehicle he found an audio car adapter that had been stolen. The item was valued at $10.

Morris was issued a citation for misdemeanor larceny and was released.