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Couple shoplifted $5 million from Portland Safeway stores, police say

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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PORTLAND -- Safeway officials say they have proof that a local couple stole more than $5 million in merchandise from stores in the Portland Metro area over the past several years.

Police arrested Richard Lavern Remington, 52, and Angela Rose Evans, 32, on Tuesday and the couple was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday.

The probable cause affidavit showed that Safeway began formally tracking the pair last November after suspicions surfaced they had been shoplifting.

Evans told police that the couple stole mostly common items like shampoos, razors, Rogaine, teeth whiteners, conditioners to batteries, DVDs and CDs, according to the affidavit, which also said that Remington stole DVDs on 22 different dates since November.

The court documents said that store surveillance cameras showed Remington involved in 103 thefts between Nov. 19 and Jan. 14, and that Evans was present in more than half of those incidents.

Investigators said the couple would go to several Safeway stores a day and shoplift. They actually used a shopping list for the thefts provided by a a suspect still being sought.

Safeway security officer Trent Drucker estimates that Remington stole $400,000 a year in merchandise over several years, totaling $5 million over the span of thefts.

On Nov. 19, Safeway security officials placed a tracking device on a van driven by the couple. Whenever the van was driven to a Safeway, surveillance videos were carefully scrutinized.

In the weeks following, Safeway officials created a spreadsheet of locations and thefts, which they presented to Portland police. The couple was arrested outside a Safeway store in Portland's Woodstock neighborhood.

Both suspects remained in jail after their arraignment. Their next court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 25.

Remington had an outstanding felony parole violation. He was accused of organized retail theft and multiple first-degree theft charges.

Evans was also accused of organized retail theft and multiple counts of first-degree theft.

http://www.nwcn.com/home/Couple-shoplifted-5-million-from-Portland-Safeway-stores-police-say.html

 

by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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resamerie
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:20 AM

 WTH did Safeway not stop them until the amount got so high? If they suspected them so much and it had been going on so long, they should have scrutinized the videos a long time ago. Not wait to put a tracking device on their vehicle. If they had already looked at the tapes,why not call police the next time they walked in?  Not sticking up for the thieves, but, is it even legal for them to put a tracking device on a car? They are security guards (and it seems like very lazy ones) not the police.  

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM

I agree....why in the world did they wait so long?

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katzmeow726
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM

 ...ok, maybe I am confused about how store security works.

Don't you typically bust the person upon first suspicion of shop lifting?

Then again I don't work for fancy smancy security, so what do i know.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Feb. 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I'm only surprised that any Safeway store has that much inventory to lose $5 million worth --without there being a truck involved!

kymomma1974
by Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM



Quoting resamerie:

 WTH did Safeway not stop them until the amount got so high? If they suspected them so much and it had been going on so long, they should have scrutinized the videos a long time ago. Not wait to put a tracking device on their vehicle. If they had already looked at the tapes,why not call police the next time they walked in?  Not sticking up for the thieves, but, is it even legal for them to put a tracking device on a car? They are security guards (and it seems like very lazy ones) not the police.  


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by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

ummmm i thought that after you went out the front doors the store could no longer prosecute you for shoplifting.  They have to stop you before you walk outhe front doors.

imamomzilla
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM

 You have to wonder what they did with all the loot. Ebay?

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