On December 31, 2016 at approximately 8:15 p.m. Deputy S.P. Whitt responded to a Larceny that had recently occurred at the Walmart on Garrisonville Road. The deputy was advised by Walmart’s loss prevention personnel that Karsten Lee was the subject involved in the incident, and was known to have stolen items previously from Walmart. Deputy Whitt reviewed the video tape and saw a black male in a dark hooded jacket, dark pants and blue shoes place a vacuum box in the cart and exit the store without paying. The man had not been observed exiting the parking lot.
Deputy Whitt’s research on Lea’s criminal history revealed a previous larceny conviction and a pending trial for larceny from an arrest on December 27, 2016. She then obtained additional warrants for Petit Larceny and Shoplifting.
A short time later, a Virginia State Police Trooper notified Stafford’s Sheriff’s Office that Karsten Lea was in custody and was being transported to the magistrate. Deputy Whitt responded to the magistrate and observed Lea to have on the same articles of clothing as she saw in the video.
Karsten Jermaine Lea, age 22 of Glacier Way, was charged with Petit Larceny and Concealment and Price Altering. He was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.