Two sentenced in theft scheme at Premium Outlets
CENTREVILLE — Two people were sentenced Aug. 22 in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court for their participation in a November theft scheme at Queenstown Premium Outlets.
Thomas Edward Johnson Jr., 28, recently from Cambridge, but a Grasonville native, was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months to serve to the Division of Correction of Maryland for his convictions for a theft and conspiracy to commit theft less than $1,000, along with two separate violations of probation from previous convictions.
Johnson was tried in before Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross. The case was prosecuted by Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance G. Richardson. Assistant Public Defender Michael Fricker represented Johnson.
Johnson’s latest convictions were based upon a theft perpetrated at the Merrell Clothing Outlet at the Prime Outlets in Queenstown, Richardson said.
Johnson conspired with a Merrell employee, Stephanie Treadwell of Stevensville, who stealing from her employer, he said. Treadwell allowed Johnson to enter the store after hours and then she locked the store door to prevent anyone from entering, allowing Johnson to roam the store and ultimately steal six large bags of clothing and shoes.
Treadwell had previously pleaded guilty to her role in the felony theft scheme and she testified at Johnson’s trial that she allowed Johnson into the store and told him to take whatever he wanted and that she would “take care of it,” Richardson said.
A fellow employee of Treadwell’s suspected the thefts and she used her cell phone from a discreet parking space to videotape Treadwell and Johnson stealing from the store after hours and loading the stolen goods into her vehicle.
Treadwell’s sentencing took place earlier in the day.
Ross ordered Treadwell to cover all of the restitution to the Merrell Store, which totaled $4,069.85.
The judge stated in court, “Ms. Treadwell, you said you would take care of it, and that’s exactly what you are going to do.”
Treadwell was sentenced to 30 months local incarceration with all suspended but 60 days, followed by 30 months of supervised probation upon her release.
Richardson thanked Trooper Cameron Durcho of the Maryland State Police for his investigation.
He praised Kellie Jewell for her efforts in thwarting the theft by videotaping Treadwell’s crime and testifying against Thomas Johnson for the state in the trial.
“She did what a good citizen does, and she exhibited exceptional character and honesty throughout this process. She is an employee that any business would be fortunate to have,” Richardson said.