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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Woman with long history of petit larceny arrests faces felony burglary charges after Walmart theft in Warsaw

A convicted felon was among two people charged after investigation into a series of thefts at Walmart.

The asset protection investigator assigned to Warsaw’s store contacted Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies after two incidents last month.

The first occurred May 6 when an unknown female entered the store and tried to push a cart filled with merchandise out the lawn and garden doors, said Sgt. Colin Reagan. When she found the doors were locked, she left the merchandise in the store and walked out the door.

The woman returned again on May 11. She and a male allegedly entered the store and filled a shopping cart with merchandise, but again left the items in the store and exited.

But the pair then stole a bicycle from an outdoor display, Reagan said.

A sheriff’s investigation with help from Warsaw and Brockport asset protection staff determined the pair were Erica M. Raphael, 37, and Justin J. Baehr, 31, both of Batavia.

Raphael was found to have been banned from Walmart due to previous shoplifting incidents, deputies said. She was also found to have four open petit larceny charges from 2022 alone, along with a history of allegedly failing to appear in court.

Raphael and Baehr were taken into custody Thursday inside a Batavia hotel with assistance from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Raphael was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and attempted petit larceny, along with one count of petit larceny. She was committed to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Baehr was charged with attempted petit larceny and petit larceny. He was released on his own recognizance.

Both are to appear July 11 in Town Court.

Raphael has a history of petit larceny and other arrests stretching back to at least 2009.

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