Man Arrested on YPSO Facebook Tip Pleads Guilty to Shoplifting

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Adam Figueroa (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Adam Figueroa (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

An 18-year-old man accused of stealing more than $1,000 in electronics from Walmart with another suspect pleaded guilty last week to felony shoplifting.

Adam Joel Figueroa will be sentenced at 9 a.m. July 30 for the shoplifting, which occurred in January.

He and the other suspect, 18-year-old Ashley Marilyn Lemaster, were accused of stealing televisions, sound bars, DVDs and clothing from the Walmart on East Rochambeau Drive between Jan. 28 and Jan. 29.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with YPSO said the Sheriff’s Office received information from James City County Police after someone saw the suspects posting photos of electronics on the Williamsburg Trash and Treasure Facebook page, which allows local citizens to post items they wish to sell or buy.

YPSO then posted the wanted suspects’ photos on its Facebook page. On Feb. 10, someone informed deputies through the anonymous Facebook tip form Figueroa and Lemaster were staying at the Motel 6 in Williamsburg, Ivey said.

The two were arrested that day after Williamsburg Police found a large amount of electronics in the hotel room.

In pleading guilty to the felony shoplifting charge, one felony count of conspiracy to commit shoplifting was dropped against Figueroa.

Lemaster, the co-defendant, also faces a felony shoplifting and felony conspiracy to shoplift charge. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 15 in York-Poquoson General District Court.

In Williamsburg, the two each faced one count of larceny with intent to sell and conspiracy of larceny with intent to sell, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the charges against Figueroa because he was already facing charges in York County.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Gaten said the same is expected for charges against Lemaster, who is scheduled to appear in WJCC General District Court for a hearing at 10:30 a.m. June 11.

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