29-year-old Dustin Lee Fortenberry of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County…
30-year-old Javon Tyrell Williams, 29-year-old Anthony Ray Jones, 30-year-old Latrayvion Lee Alston, 30-year-old Oroyster Miles III, all of Raleigh and 33-year-old Marcus Jamel Myatt of Wake Forest, were arrested by Mooresville Police Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of organized retail theft, conspiracy, attempted to obtain property by false pretense, and possession of stolen property.
On November 10, Mooresville Police Department (MPD) Detectives received a report from Lowe’s Home Improvement Corporate Security regarding a theft of heavy equipment from the Mooresville Lowe’s store. Detectives began an investigation and learned that an organized group was involved in the theft at the Mooresville store as well as additional thefts at numerous Lowe’s Home Improvement stores across the region.
The investigation revealed that the suspect group would start by placing ads selling heavy equipment on social media. After victims responded to the ad and agreed to buy the piece of equipment, the suspect group would fraudulently rent the equipment at a Lowes store with the intent to sell the equipment to the unsuspecting victims. MPD Detectives located an ad placed by the group placed selling a large piece of equipment and set up a meeting to make a transaction. The suspect group agreed to bring the equipment—stolen from Lowe’s in Salisbury—to Mooresville for the transaction.
On November 15, the suspect group brought the stolen equipment to Mooresville with the intent of making a transaction and were arrested by MPD Detectives after arriving at the agreed upon meeting spot. The equipment, valued at $40,000, was returned to Lowe’s Corporate Security.
Due to the suspects either being currently out of custody on bond for pending charges or being currently on probation, all five suspects were initially placed in the Iredell County Detention Center with no bond pending an initial court appearance. Jones, Alston, Miles, and Myatt all remained in jail as of earlier today (November 21), under various bond amounts. The next scheduled court date for the suspects is December 8. This investigation is ongoing, with additional charges expected from incidents across other jurisdictions.