GPD: Thief traded stolen underwear for cigarettes

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.

A Gainesville man with a history of theft was arrested again on Sunday after being accused of stealing $150 worth of underwear from Walmart and trading it for cigarettes at a convenience store.

A woman accused of being an accomplice was also arrested.

The Gainesville Police Department arrested Gainesville residents Maurice Mondrae Manns, 35, and Shantieria Cymone Gaskin, 25, on charges of retail theft, resisting a merchant and dealing in stolen property. According to police, the duo drove to the Walmart off Waldo Road, where Gaskin stole about $150 worth of men’s underwear. Then Gaskin and Manns drove to an undisclosed convenience store and traded the underwear for cigarettes, police said.

Police said the couple returned to Walmart with a list of items to steal so that they could be traded. Store security officials detained Gaskin with nearly $200 worth of underwear, shirts and socks. A search of the vehicle that Manns and Gaskin had been driving turned up the cigarettes, according to police.

Both were booked into the Alachua County jail.

Florida Department of Corrections records show Manns has served three prison terms since 2005 and was most recently released in August 2009. His sentences were for convictions involving burglaries, grand thefts, petty theft, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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