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August 08 09:49 AM

Charges mount against alleged cigarette thief

A Shreveport man continues to incur criminal charges in the wake of an ongoing investigation into a series of thefts from local convenience stores over a two-month period.

Erol Demond Walter, 33, who was previously arrested on July 27 on unrelated charges, has since been linked to five separate thefts from local businesses.

Information and evidence obtained from Shreveport police detectives have linked Walter to the May 14 theft of several cartons of cigarettes from the Circle K convenience store located in the 6200 block of Pines Road in addition to two other thefts occurring at Circle K stores located in the 1900 block of Centenary Boulevard and the 8500 block of Youree Drive on May 4 and June 24.

During the May 4 theft, Walter was captured on video stealing more than $200 worth of beer from the business.

As of last Friday, Aug. 1, authorities have additionally linked Walter to two cigarette thefts from the Tobacco World store located in the 7000 block of Pines Road back on May 7 and July 11.

During each theft, Walter can be seen entering the business and blatantly stealing multiple cartons of tobacco products and leaving the business.

In all, Walter’s alleged thefts have cost the local businesses nearly $2,000 in lost merchandise.

Walter is currently jailed at the Caddo Correctional Center and has been charged with multiple counts of theft of goods.

Because of the value of the stolen items, Walter’s charges are considered felonious in nature.

Mark Natale, public information officer for the Bossier City Police Department, said that Walter is wanted in Bossier City as well.

An initial news release was sent out by BCPD on July 17. A warrant was procured for  Walter on July 21, and Shreveport police arrested Walter on the Bossier City warrant on July 27.

“Whenever Shreveport is done with him, then we’ll deal with him,” Natale said.

Bossier City police have obtained an arrest warrant for a female suspect being sought in connection with similar thefts at Circle K stores in Bossier City. Natale said it is believed that Walter  and the female suspect were working together.

“One would distract the clerk while the other one would get the cigarettes from behind the counter,” he said.

Detectives with the Bossier City Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit have obtained an arrest warrant for 43-year-old Donna Lynette Hall of Shreveport on a charge of felony theft.

Anyone with any information about Hal’s whereabouts is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at 424-4100 or submit a Web tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers Web site at www.bossiercrimestoppers.org.

Persons who contact Crime Stoppers are reminded they can remain totally anonymous.

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