Group from Texas Arrested in Shoplifting Scheme in W.Va.

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

SPENCER, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people are facing charges, accused of shoplifting from Walmart in Spencer.

Michael Anthony Gonzalez, 21, Catelynn L. Chapa, 19, Emmanuel Angel Jesus Zavala, Jr., 19, and a juvenile, all of San Antonio, Texas, were arrested Thursday.

Spencer Police Cpl. Greg Nichols told that the group was involved in a shoplifting scheme.

Nichols says they would take a large item in a box, take the item out, then fill it with smaller items like DVDs and clothes.

In Thursday's bust, the group tried to shoplift nearly $1,400 worth of merchandise.

However, they believe it was only one stop along a much larger path.

"There were multiple receipts from multiple stores, multiple Walmarts," Nichols said.

Police believe the group has been running this shoplifting scheme at Walmarts from Texas to West Virginia and they are continuing their investigation. They think the group might also have been exchanging items for gift cards.

The four are facing charges of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, drug possession, altered drivers licenses and carrying a deadly weapon.

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