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A man suspected of being involved in a regional shoplifting ring with at least three others had a felony grand larceny charge against him dropped Friday.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Gaten said he dropped the charge against 26-year-old Kendrick Markiest Alexander after Alexander agreed to cooperate with prosecution in the cases of some of the other men suspected of shoplifting from Polo Ralph Lauren and Belk.
Alexander — along with 25-year-old Damon Mario Woodson, 23-year-old Marquan Tavelle Hoskins and 22-year-old Antonio Leon Kelly — were accused of stealing more than $5,000 in clothing from the two James City County stores in November and December 2013.
Police said in February 2014 the men were wanted out of jurisdictions from Virginia Beach to Richmond on shoplifting charges.
Grand larceny charges against Hoskins and Kelly were dropped in February and August, respectively. Gaten said in February he was working to gather more evidence in the cases before directly indicting the two suspects.
Court records show Hoskins did not appear in front of the grand jury after being directly indicted on March 18 for two grand larceny charges and is considered a fugitive.
Woodson, the fourth person alleged to have stolen clothing from the James City County stores, pleaded guilty in July to two felony grand larceny charges and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and $5,465 of restitution.