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Thieves swarm on Floresville retailer


Thieves swarm on Floresville retailer


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April 10, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- For most area residents, the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 181 here serves as a convenient place to shop at any hour. But it has been paydirt for criminals, creating an abundance of work for police, who are inviting help from the public to apprehend theft suspects.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman Dianna Gee said her company is committed to working with law-enforcement personnel in these matters, and that the company welcomes any suggestions aimed at helping to curb shoplifting. The Floresville store, she said, has beefed up its loss-prevention measures over the past year, including increasing staff trained in asset protection.

Anyone with information about recent incidents at the Walmart Supercenter in Floresville is asked to call the Floresville Police Department at 830-393-4055.

Anonymous tips, for which cash rewards are available if information leads to an arrest, can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or bit.ly/NDrIut.

Detectives from the Floresville Police Department seek the public’s help with information related to the following:

•March 7, approximately 3 p.m., a man paid cash to pick up an order of hydrocodone from the store’s pharmacy. The person to whom the prescription rightfully belonged reported that she had not authorized anyone to retrieve her medication.

Upon viewing surveillance footage, neither the woman nor her husband was able to identify the suspect, who is described as a white or Hispanic male with a medium build and a small tattoo on the inside of his right forearm. He was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, brown work boots, a San Antonio Spurs baseball cap, and pink dog tags.

•March 7, 8:50-9:10 p.m., a man placed two boxes, each containing a desktop computer set, into a shopping cart before exiting the store through the front doors. He then was seen leaving in a silver Buick Park Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 30s, standing approximately 6 feet tall, and having a thin build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt under a black coat, black pants, and black boots.

He was seen in the company of a second black male in his late 30s to early 40s, who stands approximately 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has short cut hair and was wearing a gray T-shirt and dark-colored pants.

•March 15, 10-10:20 p.m., two suspects placed two Sony Vizio TV sets into a shopping cart before exiting the store through the front doors. Loss-prevention personnel successfully recovered one of the TVs before the suspects fled in a maroon Mercury Sable sedan.

Through anonymous tips, police have obtained an arrest warrant for the first suspect, identified as 36-year-old Franco Devoe White of San Antonio, who is charged with theft of property worth more than $500 but less than $1,500. White is described as a black male standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. His head is shaved bald and he has brown eyes. White also has a heart-shaped tattoo on the right side of his neck.

White’s accomplice is described as a heavy-set black female standing approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, with shoulder-length black hair, wearing a gray blouse and pink Capri pants.

•March 22, 6:06 p.m., a man placed a box containing a desktop computer set into a shopping cart before exiting the store through the home and garden section. He then was seen leaving in a silver Ford Taurus.

The suspect is described as a tall, thin black male with a goatee. He was wearing a gray Angry Birds baseball cap, and a red apron over a plaid shirt, dark pants, and brown work boots.

•March 25, a man was seen fleeing the store with several power tools, which were recovered by the Pleasanton Police Department. Floresville police since have obtained an arrest warrant for 56-year-old Leroy Twigg of Floresville, who is charged with theft of property worth more than $500 but less than $1,500. Twigg is described as a white male standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds. His head is shaved bald, he has blue eyes, and sometimes has a light gray mustache or goatee.
 

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Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
April 16, 2013 11:47am
 
They also need to do something about the family that stakes out the parking lot to pan-handle. These folks have been as bold as to stand right in front of the door with their sign. I find panhandlers who use their children ... More ›

 
Something else to say 2  
April 11, 2013 4:16pm
 
Maybe they should hire plain clothing off duty law enforcement officers like San Antonio WalMart's do. It would also keep the parking lot safe from predators.

 
Harold  
Equatorial Guinea, West Africa  
April 11, 2013 10:32am
 
Scumbags, I hate a thief. Waste of skin and fresh air.

 
Delightful  
Downtown  
April 11, 2013 8:17am
 
Well, duh.....recently there was an article in WCN about the shoplifter policy at Walmart - there is none - do not apprehend, just report to supervisor. I have a friend who works at Walmart and I verified this ridiculous policy ... More ›

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