Three people arrested, charged with theft of laptops from Walmart

  • Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 11:01 a.m.
Jamel Chapman
Jamel Chapman

SALISBURY — Three people were caught Sunday shortly after authorities say they walked out of Walmart with three laptop computers.

The Salisbury Police charged the following with felony larceny:

• Damon Kyle McClain, 31, of Osborne Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.

• Jamel Maliek Chapman, 32, Steelewell Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.

• Markeda Danida Hollingsworth, 28, Rainy Bend Drive, Huntersville.

All three remain in the Rowan County Detention Center, each under a $25,000 secured bond.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m., at the Walmart store, 323 S. Arlington St.

An officer en route to a larceny in progress spotted three people running toward a Budget rental truck parked near Cracker Barrel restaurant. The truck sped from the restaurant parking lot and was stopped a short distance away in the 200 block of Myron Place, said Capt. Shelia Lingle. An officer detained one person, Damon McClain, and two people, Jamel Chapman and Markeda Hollingsworth, ran from the vehicle, but were later caught.

Officers found two laptops on the ground outside the vehicle and a third in the truck. The officer also found a Stanley prying tool in the truck.

Walmart surveillance video showed three people near the computer display case. The video showed McClain using the pry tool to open the display case. The computers were placed inside a Rubbermaid storage container and pushed out of the store in a shopping cart. The three people police arrested and another female ran out of the store. The other female was not captured.

Investigators believe the other female got into a gold Honda or Nissan.

The three Acer laptops, together valued at $1,884, were all recovered. Store personnel said they believe more laptops and equipment are missing. The total value of the missing merchandise is $4,154, Lingle said.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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