WILLIAMSON - An investigation into the theft of items from the Verizon Wireless business located at 200 E. 2nd Avenue in town has resulted in the arrest of three individuals on misdemeanor petit larceny related charges, according to Williamson Police Department (WPD) Patrolman Josh Tincher.
The crime, which was caught on a company video surveillance camera, clearly shows a vehicle pulling into the parking area of the business on the afternoon of Sept. 25th, driven by Timothy D. “Popeye” Hatcher, 48, of Joseph Avenue in Williamson, who was known to local police to be driving on a suspended license that had been revoked for several years.
Hatcher and a female, Sherri Dawn Wilkerson, 33, of Vinson Street in Williamson, entered the establishment and began looking at items on display. Wilkerson is said to have removed three Iphone cases valued at $100 each from the shelf and hid them from view by placing them under her coat, and left the store without paying for them. Counting the tax that would have been charged on the purchase, the total cost of the items would have been $318.
Two days before this particular crime was committed, Wilkerson had entered the cellular phone store in the company of Leona J. Warren, 60, of Vinson Street, and proceeded to steal two Iphone cases on the 23rd, for a total of $212 in merchandise. Warren was charged with conspiracy to commit petit larceny for her part in the crime which according to the officer, was attempting to block the view of the surveillance camera from detecting Wilkerson placing the cases under her shirt. Wilkerson was arrested and charged with two counts of petit larceny.
Hatcher, who was arrested for conspiracy to commit petit larceny, was also charged with driving on a suspended license for miscellaneous reasons, having two past suspension dates within the State of WV on 6-13-1997 and 3-14-1998.
Tincher was assisted in the investigation and arrests by WPD Chief Barry Blair, Lt. John Hall and Patrolman Jarred Marcum.
The three defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and were released from custody after posting bond and meeting the requirements and stipulations set for them.