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Felons, Repeat Offenders among Arrests at Warsaw Store:
Joint investigations help nab Walmart thieves in Warsaw, some of whom are con/felons
By MATT SURTEL, firstname.lastname@example.org
Out-of-towners, organized stealing and repeat offenders.
Alieshia J. Davila
They’re among the factors in the recent upswing in arrests at the Warsaw Walmart on Route 19 — unusual in what’s typically quiet and rural surroundings.
Plus sharp eyes and diligent efforts by the store’s Asset Protection staff and employees.
Three more arrests — including two with felony charges — were announced Wednesday by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.
“Apprehended individuals are frequently traveling from out of the area to the Walmart store in Warsaw to commit the thefts, and these incidents present as more of an ongoing and organized theft effort by multiple individuals,” said Sgt. Colin Reagan, who has handled many of the cases.
“The individuals are also frequently being found to be out on either appearance tickets or (released on their own recognizance) from multiple recent thefts or victim crimes, and the majority are also found to be previously convicted felons,” he said.
The latest arrests included:
Alieshia J. Davila, 39, of Mount Morris was taken into custody Tuesday after anonymous tips to the sheriff’s Confidential Tip Line.
An Asset Protection investigator had contacted deputies on June 20 about the theft of three Nintendo Switch controllers valued at $237. The Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help on Facebook.
Davila was identified as the suspect. She was also allegedly found to have stolen items from a pawn shop an hour after the Walmart thefts.
Davila was charged with felony third-degree burglary, petit larceny, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation. She was committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail and is to appear July 11 in Warsaw Town Court..
Davila is a four-time convicted felon, deputies said. She was most recently released from Albion Correctional Facility in February after serving a two to four year term for third-degree burglary in Ontario County.
Mount Morris police assisted the arrest.
Two Batavia residents were jailed Sunday a shoplifting complaint.
Crystal A. Mounts, 45, and Andrew J. Draper, 43, allegedly entered the store on June 23 and stole multiple items.
The duo hid the items in a bag and tried to walk out the door without paying, deputies said. The items allegedly included a Motorola cellphone, a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer, two knives and the bag itself.
Mounts and Draper were already in custody Sunday at Genesee County Jail for a separate complaint. They were interviewed by Wyoming County deputies and Mounts was allegedly found in possession of the stolen cellphone.
The pair was then transported back to Wyoming County. It was additionally found that Mounts had been previously banned from Walmart stores and an order of protection was in effect ordering Draper to stay away from her.
Mounts was charged with felony third-degree burglary and petit larceny. She was committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail.
Draper was charged with petit larceny and second-degree criminal contempt. He was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Mounts and Draper have numerous open theft cases against them, deputies said. They had been charged earlier Sunday in Genesee County after alleged thefts at the Batavia Walmart.
Mounts is a two-time convicted felon. Her incarceration records were not immediately available Thursday.
Mounts and Draper are to appear July 11 in Warsaw Town Court.
Batavia city police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office assisted the investigation, along with Walmart Asset Protection staff.
Reagan is crediting hard work by Asset Protection staff and employees for the rise in theft arrests. He also cited the collaborate investigations by Asset Protection inspectors and the Sheriff’s Office.
“While we cannot speak for Wal-Mart statistics as a whole, our agency has been assisted by APIs from multiple surrounding stores which are very helpful in connecting associated thefts,” he said. “The individuals being apprehended more often than not are found to have previous and/or recent thefts from other Walmart stores, and the individuals are often found to be banned from all Wal-Mart properties from previous incidents.”