Five Arrested Following A Month Long Investigation Into A Retail Theft Ring

January 12, 2018

Miramar Beach, Fla —  A month-long investigation into an organized retail theft ring has resulted in criminal charges for five out of Montgomery, Alabama.

On December 19th just before 9 pm deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tommy Hilfiger located at Silversands Outlet Mall on U.S. Highway 98 regarding a group seen shoplifting from the store.

Deputies responded quickly and located four out of the five suspects. Hernando James, 19, was seen carrying a Tommy Hilfiger bag with several clothing items inside. A quick look at surveillance video from the store showed Hernando James entering the store without a shopping bag and purchasing two items. However, more than two pieces of clothing were found in the bag.

James was arrested for grand theft on scene along with Stevonda O’Neal who was an out-of-state fugitive. Also, during the investigation, Rameshia Hatcher provided a false name to law enforcement. Her mother, Ophelia Hatcher, knew Rameshia was giving a false name while they both spoke to deputies on scene. A car was located in the parking lot beside a large pile of clothes. Inside of the vehicle were several garbage bags and store alarm tags. The vehicle was seized, and a search was conducted at a later date.

Investigators found more than $6,000 in stolen merchandise inside of the car from several different stores including Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Justice, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger. Investigators later learned the names of all those involved, including the identity of Rameshia Hatcher.

Hernando James, 19, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000

Shakina Letresssa Hall, 32, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000

Stevonda O’neal, 24, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000

Rameshia Rebecca Hatcher, 25, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000, Provide false information to a law enforcement officer

Ophelia Hatcher, 45, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000, Provide false information to a law enforcement officer

Warrants have been issued for Shakina Hall, Rameshia Hatcher and Ophelia Hatcher.

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