Haul consisted of breast pumps, electric
toothbrushes, razor blades, Lego sets, VTek tablets, Gatorade…
The scenario is simple, load up a shopping cart, or stolen canvas bags with small, expensive items, then simply walk out of the store to an awaiting car parked out front. The items are on the shopping lists of small stores in the inner city who will exchange the stolen merchandise for either cash, or drugs.
The brazen thieves work in groups,work fast and hit any number of stores in their travels throughout Wayne, Ontario and Monroe County.
On March 28, a man and woman walked into Walmart and loaded up two gray totes with an estimated $2,159.75 of small items. After they exited the store and refused to stop, the merchandise was quickly loaded in to the awaiting vehicle and the thieves disappeared in a flash.
On January 20, the same man entered the store alone and repeated the process at 10:30 a.m., exiting with a cart full of $2,571.53 in merchandise, some small, expensive items, along with 15 Lego sets and a case of Gatorade. The car, parked along the sidewalk, was again quickly loaded and disappeared.
Newark Police used Walmart store surveillance to spot the license plate on a rental car that a group was using. The car rental was traced after it was used in both thefts. The driver, quickly flipped on two of his companions and months of work led to arrests.
On March 28, the woman involved in the first Walmart incident, Kay Dilker, age 22, of Trinity Drive in the Town of Holly, was charged with Grand Larceny and remanded to jail. She has since been released and her case is still pending.
On May 10, 2013 Dirkler was arrested in Ontario County for Grand Larceny 3rd. Police believe she was pulling the same type of crime with the same man involved in the Newark case on January 20.
On Tuesday (8/13) the man in both of the alleged Newark thefts, Richard Hanes, age 31, of Jackson Street in Holly, was arrested for two counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, following his indictment by a Wayne County Grand Jury. Hanes was already being held in the Auburn Correctional Facility for a parole violation. He is no stranger to the shoplifting circuit and was arraigned on the Newark charges and remanded to the Wayne County Jail on $25,000 cash/$50,000 bond. He will reappear in County Court on August 20.