Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Checkout checkers check in at BDCC

Two local former checkout workers at a national discount chain store have checked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on felony theft charges.

Commilitha A. Johnson, 26, of the 200 block of SE Second Street, Sibley and Tinora Solomon, 26, of the 1200 block of Shiloh Road, Doyline, worked as checkers at the local discount chain store when it was discovered they were working as a tag team to steal merchandise.

Commilitha_JohnsonSOLOMANMinden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the loss prevention department for the discount store contacted the police department in December, 2010 with video evidence.

"If Johnson was working the register, Solomon would get a buggy and fill it up," Cropper said. "Then she would bring it to Johnson's register, where she wouldn't ring up all the items. Then, if Solomon was checking, Johnson would do the same thing."

Cropper said in November, the women took nearly $99 worth of merchandise on one day and $140 worth on another day.

December 13, they took $72 worth, on December 16, they took $110 worth and on December 22, they took $183 worth of merchandise.

"The problem was that Solomon was pregnant, and while the store wanted to pursue charges, they didn't want to put the pregnant woman in jail," Cropper said. "So they wanted us to hold off until she had her baby, and then they would file charges against both of them."

Cropper said on May 12, the store contacted detective Heath Balkom and said Solomon had given birth, and they were ready to go through with the charges.

"Det. Balkom obtained warrants on both subjects," the chief said. "On May 13, he made contact with them and both girls turned themselves in and admitted they were stealing the merchandise."






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