THIEF RIVER FALLS (trfnews.i234.me) Two people have been charged in Pennington County District Court after $1,341.14 in merchandise was stolen from Walmart on Friday, Sept. 25.
Devin Scott Roy, 34, Bemidji, has been charged with felony aiding and abetting a felony theft and gross misdemeanor, giving a peace officer a false name.
Dasheena Jo Strong, 32, Redby, has been charged with felony aiding and abetting a felony theft. They were arrested.
The charges stemmed from a report of a theft at Walmart at about 2:26 p.m. Sept. 25. An employee reported two people left without paying for merchandise that had been placed in shopping carts.
The individuals then headed south on Highway 59. Some stolen merchandise – amounting to $275.98 – was left behind in one of the shopping carts. A woman was parked next to the suspect’s vehicle. She told police that a passenger started the car just before a man and woman arrived and threw items into the car.
The driver then traveled out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed and hit a shopping cart along the way.
On surveillance video, an officer allegedly observed Strong and Roy arriving at the store about an hour and a half earlier. They grabbed separate shopping carts. Each cart allegedly contained a plastic tote in which stolen merchandise was placed.
At about 2:10 p.m., the two of them could be seen pushing their carts out of the store and then throwing items into the car. The car then left toward Highway 59, hitting a shopping cart along the way.
While the police officer watched surveillance footage, a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy located the suspect car on Center Street in rural Pennington County.
A female occupant, apparently Strong, allegedly admitted stealing some items from the store. Plastic totes were found in the car. They were filled with stolen Walmart merchandise valued at $1,065.16.
At the time of the traffic stop, Roy allegedly provided his brother’s name and birth date to the deputy. Two other vehicle occupants were released.