A Roanoke Rapids man already facing charges for reportedly stealing Apple and other products from an Amazon warehouse in Raleigh will be charged with obtaining property by false pretense after selling the merchandise to a local store.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said in a statement Tahaun Jenkins Jr., 21, was charged Tuesday following an investigation by Sergeant G. Williams, who was assisting Raleigh police in their investigation.
WTVD reported last week Jenkins stole five Apple Watches, four pairs of Airpods, two Samsung phones, a laptop, an iPad and more.
Raleigh police charged him with larceny by employee and possession of stolen goods.
Williams talked with the manager of Bobby’s Supermarket about the investigation by Raleigh police in which the items were brought to the business and sold.
In his investigation, Williams recovered the stolen items.
The store had signed paperwork saying to the best of management’s knowledge the items weren’t stolen, Martin said.
For one Apple Watch, Jenkins received $145; for two Series 3 Apple Watches he received $200 and he traded two Airpods for an iPhone 7 worth $200.
Martin said the investigation continues.
In the statement, Martin said, “This was good work between departments to solve this crime and recover the stolen property.”
Martin reported this morning shortly before 3, Officer H. Grimes responded to Walmart on a larceny call.
Grimes received information the suspect left the store but would be headed back inside.
Grimes was met outside by Walmart security and given a description of the suspect who was at the entrance of the business.
Grimes encountered Janquan Harris, 24, of Roanoke Rapids.
Grimes discovered Harris was placing lower priced tags on clothing items and running them through the self-scan checkout.
Harris reportedly changed prices on two hooded sweatshirts, two unknown clothing items and one beanie.
Harris was arrested and carried before a magistrate where he was charged with substituting price tags.
He was placed under $1,000 bond and has a December 22 court date.