Four accused in Wal-Mart shoplifting incidents

Erika Coleman

Johnathan Nason

MILFORD — Two suspects were arrested and two others sought after alleged shoplifting incidents at Wal-Mart on Feb. 19, Milford Police said Wednesday.

On March 1, authorities said, Erika Coleman, 23, of Harrington and Johnathan Nason, 32, of Bridgeville, turned themselves and were charged with theft by false pretense under $1,500 and third-degree conspiracy. A future appearance date was scheduled in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas and a no-contact order with Wal-Mart was issued, police said in a news release.

Ricki Wintjen

Allen Burton

Ricki Wintjen, 31, of Harrington, and Allen Burton, 29, of Felton, remained sought on arrest warrants, Milford Police Det. Timothy Maloney said.

According to Det. Maloney. patrol officers were called to the store at 939 N. DuPont Boulevard last month and investigation determined “that a unknown male entered into the store and concealed merchandise from display that was valued at under $1,500.

“The suspect then exited the store with the concealed merchandise without paying. Investigation revealed that a short time later, a white female and white male entered into the store and went to the customer service area and returned some of the stolen merchandise and received U.S. Currency for the merchandise.”

Ms. Garrison and Mr. Nason were both identified through their Delaware license allegedly provided at the time of the transactions, police said.
Police alleged that Mr. Wintjen was with Ms. Coleman and claimed Mr. Burton initially shoplifted the items later returned.

Police asked anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Wintjen and Mr. Burton to call 422-8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP.3333. Tips can also be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/tips/.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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