Shoplifting Cases Heard In Marple

By Pattie Price

Timeeka Cropper, 27 and Ishemika Speight, 33, both of Wilmington waived their hearings last week before Magisterial District Judge Dave Lang for an incident 3:42p.m., June 2, at Old Navy, 400 S. State Road, Marple, Pa.
Cropper is charged with retail theft and engaging in criminal conspiracy.
Speight is facing charges of retail theft, engaging in criminal conspiracy, possessing instruments of crime, and false identification to law enforcement authorities.
According to the affidavits, Marple Officers Joe McGettigan and Ray Stiles responded to Old Navy for a report of two shoplifters still in the store. They were taken into custody in the foyer of the store and merchandise valued at $1,014.65 was recovered.
Store security said Speight used a cutting tool to remove tags from the merchandise. They then concealed the merchandise in Walmart bags.
McGettigan located Stanley diagonal cutters behind Speight. Speight had no identification and gave police a false name. They were transported to Marple Police Station for Livescan and determined Speight was a wanted person.
Both defendants have multiple retail theft arrests.
Speight and Cropper were released and scheduled for a Sept. 5 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Gerald Marie Nichols, 59, of Philadelphia waived a hearing on the charge of a felony retail theft for an incident 4:36p.m., July 27, at Old Navy, 400 S. State Road. In exchange for the waiver the charge of simple assault was withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Ray Stiles responded to Old Navy for a report of shoplifters. One was wearing a blue shirt pushing a stroller and the other woman was wearing a yellow shirt. He located them in front of the AMC movie theater and stopped them. Store security said the woman in the yellow shirt, later identified as Nichols, concealed merchandise in her purse and attempted to leave the store. When security approached Nichols, she removed the merchandise from her purse and “chest bumped” the security officer using her shoulders to push the security officer out the door.
Nichols was released and is scheduled for a Sept. 5 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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The charge of retail theft was withdrawn against Ellisha Jackson, 22, of Philadelphia for an incident 1:17 p.m., June 21, at Walmart, 400 S. State Road, when she allegedly stole seven items of clothing valued at $54.19.

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