Marco A. Jimenez, 18, of North Platte, faces charges of shoplifting and contributing to delinquency after he allegedly helped a teenager steal liquor. In court Tuesday, Jimenez asked for a public defender and his bond was set at $2,500.
At around 10:27 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 a police officer was called to Wal-Mart where two suspected shoplifters had been detained by store employees. Jimenez and a 14-year-old boy went into the liquor section of the store where the teenager allegedly took several bottles of liquor and put them in his backpack. Police said Marco acted as a “lookout” while the younger boy took the liquor.
They both tried to leave the store but were stopped by employees.
Jimenez was charged with theft and contributing to delinquency of a minor, and the teen was cited for shoplifting and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Latosha Ryan, 25, of North Platte was arrested for allegedly shoplifting over $500 worth of goods from Wal-Mart.
At 10:27 p.m. Sunday, and officer was sent to Wal-Mart on a report that a woman tried to steal from the store and then ran, but was confronted by employees. The employees told the police that they watched Ryan try to push a cart out of the store without paying for the items.
When they tried to stop her she said “you can’t touch me” and ran. One of the employees recognized her and knew her first name. Using the description of the woman from the store employees, another officer found Ryan near McDonald’s and arrested her for theft.
The items totaled more than $500, making the crime a felony. She paid 10 percent of a $10,000 bond and was released.
Ryan has been jailed 10 times since January 2010 on charges that include possession of a pharmacy drug, theft, failure to appear and shoplifting. She has also been locked up for possession of a controlled substance, probation violations and various assaults, one on a police officer. And, she has been charged with DUI, being a fugitive, using a firearm to commit a felony, contempt of court and willful reckless driving as well.
Toni Hopkins of McCook was picked up Monday, charged with passing stolen checks in North Platte.
Hopkins and Katelyn Hofman, 18, also of McCook, allegedly used two stolen checks from the account of Sheri Adams of McCook to buy items on Sept. 5 at two North Platte stores – Vanity and Famous Footwear at the Platte River Mall. Each check was for a little more than $100, with the total less than $500, Investigator John Deal said.
Hopkins and Hofman were both charged with second-degree forgery. Hopkins could not be found at the time but police located her Nov. 12 and put her in jail
Hopkins was convicted the next day at her arraignment. She waived her right to a lawyer and pleaded no contest. Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull sentenced her to two days jail with two days credit and ordered her to pay $207.99 restitution, plus court costs and transport fees from McCook.
Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Austin Leighty told the court that there may be further charges of forgery in other counties yet to be filed against Hopkins. She is not considered a flight risk, in part because she has a child at her home in McCook, officials said.
This report was first published in the Nov. 14 print edition of the North Platte Bulletin.