Troopers adopt ‘retail blitz’ in Wasilla shoplifting sweep
A one-day sting by Mat-Su law enforcement targeting shoplifters at a single store, echoing a tactic recently tested by Anchorage police, netted nine arrests in a matter of hours.
Alaska State Troopers and Wasilla police coordinated Friday with Asset Protection staff at Wasilla’s Fred Meyer department store on the Parks Highway, according to an online dispatch. Anchorage police made half a dozen arrests last month in a similar one-day sweep at another Fred Meyer, during what Outside law enforcement calls a “retail blitz.”
Troopers named seven adult suspects from Friday’s arrests, all of whom were charged with fourth-degree theft:
Thomas Brinkly, 18 of Oregon
Weslee Haynes, 25 of Palmer
Nicholas Haynes, 26 of Palmer
Tiffany Lowe, 31 of Palmer
Joshua Ogle, 42 of Palmer
Slade Storud, 22 of Palmer
Karl Sampson, 32 of Wasilla
“Two male juveniles, age 16 and 17, were also charged with Theft IV and released into the custody of their parents,” troopers wrote.
Both Hayneses were also charged with disorderly conduct, with Nicholas Haynes facing an additional count of weapons misconduct after a firearm was seized from him.
The seven adult suspects were all taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, then later released with court dates. Nicholas and Weslee Haynes posted bail of $1,000 and $500 respectively.
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