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.


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