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A trio of Lancaster woman found themselves behind bars in York County after an investigation into almost $5,000 worth of items stolen from a Walmart in Tega Cay.
Melissa Sue Meyers, 23, 3041 Crenson Drive, Sherniece Nichols Jones, 23, 3041 Crenson Drive, and Donna Faith Beckham, 38, 260 Wheat St., were all arrested Feb. 27, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office case report.
Deputies were searching for a fourth woman, also from Lancaster, who they had issued warrants for, though the woman has not yet been arrested, the report said.
On Feb. 25, a York County deputy met with a loss prevention manager at the Walmart, 1151 Stonecrest Blvd. The manager reported Feb. 17 the four women stole $4,777.41 worth of items from the store, the report said.
The stolen items included blankets, towels, baby toys, curtains, at least 19 digital cameras, a Sony camcorder and six laptop computers from brands such as Samsung and Hewlett Packard.
The report does not list the total number of items stolen from the store.
Two days later, on Feb. 27, Meyers, Jones and Beckham were found and each served with warrants for criminal conspiracy and grand larceny, the report said.
According to the York County Detention Center website, Beckham was also charged with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana and receiving stolen goods, greater than $2,000 and less than $10,000. A hold for another law enforcement agency had also been placed on Beckham, though no bond amount was listed.
A similar charge of receiving stolen goods, greater than $2,000 and less than $10,000, was also listed for Jones on the detention center website, as well as a bond amount of $20,000.
All three women were jailed at the York County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, though by Tuesday, March 5, Jones was the only one still listed in the center’s online database.
Related case in IL?
A similar case involving a woman stealing electronics was reported Feb. 19 at Indian Land’s Walmart, at 10048 Charlotte Highway, though it’s unknown if the woman is one of the four identified in the Tega Cay case. It was unknown if the two cases are related.
In that incident, a deputy spoke with a Walmart asset protection employee about a woman seen stealing a computer, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The woman, seen wearing a brown fedora hat and a dark-colored dress coat in surveillance footage, walked into the store at about 11:09 a.m. That day and began pushing a shopping cart.
The unknown woman then walked to the hardware section, grabbed a pair of Stanley snips and headed toward the electronics section. She is then seen on camera opening locked counters filled with computers, the report said.
Using the snips, the woman cut a steel cable security chain, removed a $700 Hewlett Packard desktop computer and placed it in her cart, the report said. The deputy said the security cord was still attached to the computer.
Before leaving the store, the woman is also seen taking a 20-ounce Mountain Dew.