Police: Shoplifter returned to scene of crimes
— Officers nabbed a teen who allegedly shoplifted from the same Elkton store on five consecutive days, including Tuesday, when he returned to that Walmart less than three hours after his last alleged theft there, police reported.
Elkton Police Department officers went to the Super Walmart at 1000 E. Pulaski
Highway about 2 p.m. Tuesday, after a loss prevention agent reported the most recent theft by the suspect, whom investigators have identified as Flavius Rick Winstead, 19, of the unit block of Cox Lane in Elkton, according to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.
“The agent stated (Winstead) had stolen property from the Walmart the last five days in a row. The agent went on to report that shortly before this call was made, the suspect, Winstead, was seen fleeing the store with more stolen items,” Zurolo outlined.
Officers searched for the suspect, but they were unable to find him, police said.
Then at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday, some two and a half hours later, the loss prevention employee called EPD and reported that he had spotted Winstead inside the store yet again, police added.
“The loss prevention agent kept surveillance on Winstead via Walmart security cameras,” Zurolo explained.
After seeing the responding officers enter the store, Winstead ran into the middle of the Walmart, police said. Officers lost sight of Winstead, who was able to flee from the store through a door adjacent to the grocery section, police added.
Then, for the second time within three hours, EPD officers searched for Winstead, police reported. This time, however, officers found Winstead on nearby Upland Court, which is in a neighborhood across East Pulaski Highway from the Wa l m a r t , and they arrested him without incident, according to police.
EPD investigators later determined that Winstead allegedly had shoplifted from that Walmart on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, stealing a total of $1,024 in merchandise from the business, Zurolo reported.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Winstead remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000 bond, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Winstead, who is scheduled for a Dec. 19 trial, is charged with theft scheme to steal more than $1,000 and less than $10,000 in property and five counts of theft of less than $1,000, court records show.