Police arrest couple from stealing thousands from three WalMart stores
Two people are behind bars after being suspected of ripping off thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Walmart Stores over the weekend. The pair is also tied to the theft of lottery tickets from a Buckeye Circle K over the summer.
On Saturday, December 1, around 6:30 p.m. Buckeye police arrested Cassandra Harmon, 27, and Jeremy Cornell, 36, both of Glendale, at the Walmart Supercenter on Watson and Yuma Roads in Buckeye.
Officers learned Harmon and Cornell went into the Walmart with the intent to steal high-end electronics by concealing the items in two large black totes. After placing nearly $4,000 of merchandise in the totes, the pair attempted to leave the store through the garden center without paying. After passing all points of purchase the two were stopped by Walmart security and detained until Buckeye police arrived.
Further investigation revealed this was Harmon and Cornell’s third Walmart hit of the day. They successfully ripped off a list of items from the same Walmart earlier in the day. In between, they stole two TV’s and other items from a Goodyear Walmart.
The total amount for the three incidents is a little more than $7,500. The suspects admitted to having used a popular smartphone app to sell stolen merchandise in the past. They shared that was the plan with the current stolen items.
A search of Harmon’s SUV located at the scene turned up the TV’s and thousands of dollars of other merchandise taken in the three thefts. Officers also found drugs inside, which Harmon admitted belonged to her. The plate on the SUV was also stolen.
Harmon admitted to officers that she and Cornell were also responsible for stealing several thousands of dollars’ worth of lottery tickets from Circle K’s around the valley.
Surveillance camera footage verified the pair to be involved in a lottery ticket theft in August at the Circle K just east of Downtown Buckeye on Highway 85.
Harmon was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on a list of felony charges related to the thefts as well as a drug charge. Cornell was also booked on three felony charges related to the thefts.