This Week in Crime: Belk Manager Says Shoplifter Threatened to Shoot

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ThisWeekInCrimeJames City County Police are investigating a shoplifting at Belk, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office arrested teenagers for stealing from cars and both departments are asking for the public’s help in tracking down suspects.

Check out all the crime stories that did not make the headlines this week and others you may have missed below.

James City County

Police Seek Belk Shoplifting Suspect

A manager said the suspect threatened to shoot him during the incident at Belk on July 30. (Courtesy of James City County Police)
A manager said the suspect threatened to shoot him during the incident at Belk on July 30. (Courtesy of James City County Police)

A Belk manager told police a man who was stealing clothing from the store threatened to shoot the manager.

James City County Police are investigating the reported July 30 shoplifting, during which Polo and Ralph Lauren clothing was stolen, at the Belk in Windsormeade Marketplace off Monticello Avenue.

The suspect is accused of putting about $2,000 worth of clothing in a shopping cart then pushing the cart out of the store without paying for the items. When the store manager attempted to intervene, the suspect threatened to shoot. A gun was never displayed.

The shopping cart was found empty behind PetSmart, which is located within the same shopping center.

Photos from the surveillance footage are shown above.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect should call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP to remain anonymous. Callers with information that leads to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Police Ask Public’s Help to Find Suspected Drug Dealer

Dominic Antwone Cowles
Dominic Antwone Cowles

James City County Police took to Facebook in an effort to track down a man with an outstanding felony indictment against him.

Earlier this week, the mugshot of 29-year-old Dominic Antowne Cowles was posted to the James City County Facebook page.

Police have not been able to locate Cowles, whose last known address is on Smiley Road in Hampton, since his indictment for distribution of marijuana and a controlled substance on May 20.

Cowles’ charges stem from an investigation by the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force.

Anyone with information regarding Cowles’ whereabouts should call the Crime Line 888-LOCK-U-UP.

Identity Theft Suspect Sought

The person in the photos above is suspected of using fraudulent credit cards at Martin's and Food Lion. (Courtesy James City County Police)
The person in the photos above is suspected of using fraudulent credit cards at Martin’s and Food Lion. (Courtesy James City County Police)

James City County Police investigators want the public’s help to identify the man shown in the surveillance photos above.

The man is accused of using fraudulent credit cards at the Martin’s on Monticello Avenue and the Food Lion on John Tyler Highway.

Anyone with information should call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

York County

Juveniles Arrested for Stealing from Cars

Three teenagers were arrested for stealing from cars in the area of York Crossing Road.

Deputies with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office received a call in the early morning hours of Aug. 6 that people seemed to be looking through cars in the York Crossing area.

Two 17-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy – who are not named because of their age – were found and arrested for tampering with the vehicles and theft.

The deputies recovered a set of night vision goggles among other miscellaneous property.

YPSO asks people from this area who find items missing from their cars to call the Sheriff’s Office at 757-890-3621.

YPSO Asks for Help to Identify Suspects

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The woman shown is suspected of using a stolen credit card to buy items at Miller Mart. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)

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The woman shown in the first photo above is suspected of using a stolen credit card at the Miller Mart at 6384 Richmond Road on May 31.

The stolen card was charged $147.65 during this visit.

The man shown in the second photo of the above gallery is suspected of using a stolen credit card number to buy gift cards.

The purchase was made at the Food Lion at 5210 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown on July 11.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is investigating both incidents, which are unrelated.

Anyone who recognizes either suspect should call the Crime Lion at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Sheriff's Office tip line at 757-890-4999.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny, Child Neglect

A woman accused of stealing more than $700 worth of liquor while leaving her children home alone pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Elizabeth Pruitt, 28, of York County entered guilty pleas to one county each of grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and child neglect before Judge Richard Rizk of the York-Poquoson Circuit Court.

Pruitt and her partner Gregory Edward, 51, were arrested for the alleged theft of more than $700 of high-end alcohol they were thought to have stolen from a York County ABC store.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm set off at the Kiln Creek Shopping Center’s ABC store at 3:20 a.m. on the morning of April 14. Upon canvassing nearby neighborhoods to the culprits of the break-in, Edward and Pruitt were taken into custody for possession of 15 bottles of liquor.

It was later discovered Edward and Pruitt left their three children, ages 8, 5 and 3, at home unattended that night.

Pruitt initially faced seven felony charges, but four were ultimately dropped: one count of conspiracy to commit a felony, one count of wearing a mask in a public place and two counts of felony child neglect.

Pruitt pleaded guilty to the remaining three charges Tuesday, all of which are felonies. She has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in testifying against Edward in his upcoming trial.

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