Police: Two arrested in 1 1/2-year-long shoplifting spree
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.
Two Gainesville residents are behind bars, accused of regularly stealing from Walmart and other area businesses for a year and a half and pawning the merchandise, often still in the original packaging, for thousands of dollars.
Gerald L. Hayes, 31, was arrested June 25 in connection with the scheme, and Candis R. Dallas, 26, was arrested Wednesday.
Police say their crime spree began to unravel June 17, when Hayes was seen by loss prevention officers taking a Jawbone Jambox from the shelves of the Walmart Supercenter located at 5700 NW 23rd St. and then concealing it on his person. He then was not seen again.
Later that day, Hayes drove Dallas to TBG Jewelry, located at 325 NE 23rd Ave., where she pawned the Jawbone Jambox and a Dyson vacuum, police reported. Both of the pawned items were still in their original packaging, and both were reported stolen from Walmart, police said.
Based on pawn records dating back to the beginning of 2012, the pair had stolen from the Walmart and other businesses a few times a week and pawned the items, police said. Each time, Dallas pawned the items, while Hayes waited in the car, officers reported.
Hayes is charged with trespassing and two counts of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. He remains jailed in lieu of $45,000 bond.
Dallas is charged with trespassing and two counts each of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and filing false info on a pawn transaction form. She remains jailed in lieu of $32,500 bond.
This is not the first time the pair have been accused of shoplifting from a Gainesville store. In December 2011, they were accused of stealing merchandise from Target, located at 3970 SW Archer Road, while accompanied by their 1-year-old son. Both eventually pleaded no contest and were fined, with Hayes also serving jail time.
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