Trio arrested for shoplifting in Rehoboth Beach
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police say three people were arrested on felony shoplifting charges Tuesday afternoon.
Just before 5 p.m., troopers were called to The North Face outlet in Rehoboth Beach for a shoplifting in progress. A witness reported seeing 25-year-old Lavelle Comer concealing clothing under his clothing in the store. Also in the store was 51-year-old Reginald Willingham and 31-year-old Latifah Willingham, both of whom were seen fleeing in a car with Comer. The witness also saw Comer and Latifah enter The Children’s Place outlet before they all fled.
A trooper saw the vehicle traveling northbound in the area of Coastal Highway and Old Landing Road. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver, Latifah Willingham, was instructed to turn off the vehicle multiple times by the trooper. She failed to comply and instead accelerated out of the parking lot toward Coastal Highway before turning down a dead-end road and finally stopping. Once stopped, Reginald reportedly for out of the passenger’s side of the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby parking lot. Troopers found wire cutters inside of Comer’s pocket, which are used to help cut and disable security tags. Reginald was found under a pine tree, and all three were taken into custody.
A search fo the vehicle was conducted, resulting in the discovery of the following:
- The North Face: $3,975 worth of merchandise
- Under Armour: $771.90 worth of merchandise
- Calvin Klein: $70 worth of merchandise
- The Children’s Place: $532.45 worth of merchandise
- American Eagle: $967.25 worth of merchandise
- Old Navy: $1,069.62 worth of merchandise
- Carters: $760 worth of merchandise
- Michaels: $459.94 worth of merchandise.
Also found inside the vehicle was a black fanny pack with drug paraphernalia belonging to Comer.
Comer was charged with possession of shoplifting tools, theft – organized retail crime over $1,500, shoplifting over $1,500, second degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief. He was later released on a $3,000 unsecured bond.
Latifah Willingham was charged with theft – organized retail crime over $1,500, shoplifting over $1,500, disregarding a police officer signal, second degree conspiracy, criminal mischief under $1,000, failure to have insurance in possession, expired license, expired temporary registration plate, destruction upon expiration of registration plate, failure to have registration card in possession, and failure to have license in possession. She was later released on a $4,000 unsecured bond.
Reginald Willingham was charged with possession of shoplifting tools, theft – organized retail crime over $1,500, shoplifting over $1,500, second degree conspiracy, and resisting arrest. He was later released on a $6,000 unsecured bond.