Richmond Men Arrested after Walmart Shoplifting Spree
By Public Information Officer MARGARET MORRIS MONCURE
January 20, 2017

On January 18, 2017 at approximately 7:20 p.m. patrol units responded to a larceny in progress at the Walmart located at 217 Garrisonville Road. While en route, deputies were advised that two males had been observed shoplifting several items, including a Razor miniature dirt bike, and had left the parking lot in a gold four-door vehicle.

Sergeant D.R. Colona and Deputy B.M. Kanterman spotted a gold four-door Nissan sedan matching the description provided, leaving the parking lot and turning eastbound on Garrisonville Road. Sergeant Colona followed the car as it made an abrupt turn from Garrisonville Road into the 7-Eleven parking lot. As deputies made contact with the driver and passenger, they observed a miniature dirt bike, a new computer and a set of Rachel Ray Cookware in the backseat of the Nissan. The subjects were identified as Brian Gray and Lionel Green of Richmond. Both men were detained and interviewed. During the interview Mr. Green stated that the items in the car were not stolen and presented what appeared to be a receipt for a computer, Rachel Ray Cookware and comforters. Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officer responded and examined the document. He determined that it was not an actual Walmart receipt. After confronting the suspects with the facts, they admitted to printing fraudulent receipts in order to aid in the commission of the crimes. The total value of the merchandise stolen from the store was $1964.00.

Detectives responded to interview both subjects. Detective T.A. Covington interviewed Mr. Gray who admitted he and his partner arrived at the Garrisonville Walmart earlier in the day and purchased low dollar items. He then took the receipt to his car, scanned it into his computer and altered it to display higher priced items. He printed the new receipt, returned to the store and stole the items listed on the counterfeit receipt. His plan was, if any store employees stopped him as he exited the store, he would show them the look-alike receipt. He then would resell the stolen items to little corner stores or exchange them for drugs. It appears that Mr. Gray has been using this shoplifting method since 2009 at stores throughout Virginia, usually along Interstates 95 and 64.

Brian Edward Gray, age 48 of 37th Street in Richmond, VA, was charged with Grand Larceny, two counts of Conspiracy and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License.

Lionel Green, age 43 of Front Street in Richmond, VA, was charged with Grand Larceny and two counts of Conspiracy.

Both men were incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail and are being held on no bond.