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4 adults, 2 juveniles face theft charges

4 adults, 2 juveniles face theft charges

The Messenger 06.13.13

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Four adults and two juveniles have been charged in the alleged theft of several hundred games, DVDs and Blu-rays from stores in Union City, Dyersburg and Humboldt.
The arrests of the six suspects came this week after Union City police investigators worked in conjunction with Dyer County sheriff’s inves-tigators.
Charged in the case are 21-year-old Aaron Moore, 18-year-old Jenna Autry, 18-year-old David “Matt” Delong and 18-year-old Dustin Milburn, as well as two male juveniles, all of Dyer County, according to Union City Police Department investigator Derrick O’Dell.
Each has been charged locally with theft over $10,000 and conspiracy to commit theft over $10,000.
It all began Tuesday when O’Dell received information from investigator Stoney Hughes of the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department in regard to a theft of DVDs and Blu-rays from Walmart Supercenter in Union City between June 5 and June 9. Hughes indicated Moore had confessed that he, his two juvenile brothers and another adult male had stolen the property and sold it at the Hastings store in Dyersburg.
The two investigators met at the Dyersburg store and began to determine how much merchandise had actually been sold. A check was conducted using the names given by Moore to see if items were bought from the suspects over the past seven days and it was discovered that movies valued at over $1,000 were purchased in that period, according to O’Dell’s report.
As the investigation continued, it was discovered that a total of four adults and two juveniles had allegedly been involved in the theft of hundreds of DVDs and Blu-rays from the Walmart stores in Union City, Dyersburg and Humboldt between October 2012 and June 9 of this year. Authorities said five of the suspects, including the two juveniles and three of the adults, have confessed to involvement.
O’Dell said the estimate from Moore is that over 500 new-release DVDs, games and Blu-rays were stolen — including boxed sets, which are more expensive than single movies. The investigator said an average of $25 per movie was used since it’s the cost of most new-release movies. Using that average, at 500 new-release items stolen, the value would be $12,500.
So far, only 57 movies have been recovered from Hastings.
The total amount of games, DVDs and Blu-rays allegedly stolen — which includes both the new releases and those which are not new releases — is 872, according to O’Dell. Based on the average price of $25 each, he reported the total value would be $21,800.
In regard to the theft charges levied locally, O’Dell said the thefts were combined from each store and charges made here due to the incident being an alleged ongoing criminal act by those involved and being able to tie them to the investigation by Union City police.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com.

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