UPDATE: Two of the three people accused of operating a theft ring, are now being brought to justice. One person still remains at large.
Tashanda Boclair, Lasonya Miles and Ezekiel Brown are accused of stealing more than $360,000 worth of merchandise from Walmarts throughout the Midwest.
Miles was recently arrested in Minnesota and extradited back here. She appeared in court Thursday morning.
Brown was in court earlier this week. Boclair still has not been caught.
Eau Claire (WQOW) - One of three suspects accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Walmarts across the Midwest, including Eau Claire, was in court Tuesday.
Ezekiel Brown is accused of helping to steal more than $40,000 in cell phones during one theft, and $6,700 worth of tablets from another theft at the Eau Claire Walmart.
Tuesday, detectives said he was clearly identified on surveillance video.
The case will move to trial.
Brown, along with Tashanda Boclair and Lasonya Miles, are accused of stealing more than $360,000 worth of merchandise from Walmarts in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.
Boclair and Miles remain at large.
Posted March 21, 2018
Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police said a ring of thieves that has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Walmart stores across the Midwest also hit the Eau Claire Walmart twice.
Criminal charges were filed Wednesday in Eau Claire against Tashanda Boclair, Lasonya Miles and Ezekiel Brown, all from Minnesota.
Police said Walmart surveillance video shows them going into the Eau Claire store around 2:00 a.m. last October. Police said they forced open a display case, and grabbed 56 cell phones, worth more than $40,000 and placed them in a plastic container with a cover. Police said the three then positioned themselves, allowing Brown to push the container out of the store without being stopped.
Detectives said one week earlier, they used the same method to steal $6,700 worth of tablets from the same store.
Police later learned that Walmart Global Investigators identified the same suspects for stealing more than $360,000 worth of items from Walmart stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas.
On Wednesday, an Eau Claire judge issued arrest warrants for Boclair, Miles, and Brown.
A photo of Ezekiel Brown is not available.