5 arrested following Walmart robbery | Crime
Five Forrest City residents won’t be shopping at any Walmart soon. Not after Jonesboro police say they stole $1,000 worth of merchandise then took a swipe at a store employee.
Just after 4 p.m. Monday several Jonesboro police officers responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart, 1815 E. Highland Drive.
The store’s loss prevention officer told police two men, later identified as 21-year-old Kamron Morris and 23-year-old Marcus Cortez Reed, had concealed $1,017 worth of merchandise in a large tote then tried to leave the store.
When the employee tried to stop the men, one of them reportedly spun around and attempted to punch the woman.
Both men then took off running.
The employee said the two suspects were accompanied by two women, later identified as 33-year-old Veronica Hargraves and 30-year-old Lawanda Johnson; as well as another man, identified later as 28-year-old Hython Conwell.
It was believed the two women acted as lookouts while Conwell circled the parking lot in a red Dodge Durango, according to the police report.
Several officers were called to the scene and a perimeter was set up from the store to Caraway Road, where witnesses said at least one of the men was seen running.
Officers searched the area and found Morris hiding in a brush line behind the Coca-Cola plant.
On the way to the Craighead County Detention Center, Morris reportedly told an officer a red Dodge Durango traveling beside them in traffic was involved in the theft.
The officer radioed the license plate number and truck description to dispatch and another officer stopped the truck on the 10 Fitness parking lot on South Caraway.
Officer Michael McCanless, who had watched store surveillance video of the alleged robbery, was called to the scene. He said all five of the suspects were in the same vehicle and entered Walmart at separate times, the report stated.
When shown the photos of the suspect who tried to hit the loss prevention officer, the three said they did not know him.
All three were then taken into custody. The women then reportedly told an officer that Reed was at Fazoli’s, 1730 E. Highland.
Two officers went to the restaurant and positively identified Reed through a store surveillance photo.
He and the others were taken to the CCDC.
Reed and Morris were charged with felony shoplifting and fleeing on foot. A hold was also placed on Morris for two felony warrants out of St. Francis County.
Conwell was charged with multiple traffic offenses and obstruction of government operations. He was also charged with having felony and misdemeanor warrants through Jonesboro and other police departments.
Hargraves and Johnson were each charged with obstruction of government operations.
All five were ordered to appear in court on Wednesday, August 14.
Walmart’s loss prevention officer told police all of the suspects were being banned from all Walmart properties.
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