A five-week investigation ends in arrest of Redding pawn shop employees suspected of receiving stolen property from Target.
The following is the Redding Police Department press release:
On January 10, 2013 the Redding Police Department responded to the Target store at 1280 Dana Drive for a possible robbery. Officers arrived and determined a male suspect entered the store with a 6 year old child and selected an electronic device. The suspect fled out an emergency exit with the electronic device and store security attempted to stop him in the parking lot. The suspect punched the store security person in the face and continued to flee. The suspect and child got into a vehicle driven by an unknown female and fled. Store security agents were also able to identify the suspect as being responsible for two prior similar thefts at the business.
The incident was captured on video surveillance and a vehicle license plate was obtained. Officers responded to an address in Redding and contacted Charles Anthony Hall, 26 years of Redding, and Sheri LeAnn Hall, 23 years of Redding. Both were identified and admitted to committing the crimes. Charles Hall was arrested and booked for robbery and burglary. Sheri Hall was arrested and booked for criminal conspiracy.
Redding Police Investigators were able to identify Charles and Sheri Hall as suspects in several thefts from Target and Walmart. Investigators also located 18 prior pawns by both suspects of brand new flat screen televisions, blue ray DVD players, and other electronic devices to Olde West Gun and Loan at 568 North Market Street. The pawned items matched items taken in the thefts from Target and Walmart.
On January 21, 2013 Investigators interviewed Charles and Sheri Hall. Both admitted to several thefts from Target and Walmart beginning in November 2012. The suspects also admitted to pawning all of the stolen property at Olde West Gun and Loan in November and December 2012.
On January 24, 2013 Investigators served a search warrant at Olde West Gun and Loan. Several of the stolen televisions and other electronics were located during the search warrant. It was also determined the suspects were paid $1,180 for the brand new merchandise which had a retail value of $4,193.
The case was submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office on February 5, 2013 requesting criminal charges be filed against the employees who processed the 18 transactions of brand new electronic devices.
On March 27, 2013 a criminal complaint was filed on three employees and the business, Olde West Gun and Loan. The criminal complaint contains the following charges: Dale Constance Kosko for receiving stolen property and failure to require evidence of authority to sell, Sherri Ann Mansfield for receiving stolen property and failure to require evidence of authority to sell, Vivian Sheryl Morris for receiving stolen property and failure to require evidence of authority to sell and the business, Olde West Gun and Loan, for failure to require evidence of authority to sell and resale of an item acquired.