Buckeye Police: Couple arrested, accused of stealing thousands in items from Walmart stores

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Buckeye Police officials have announced the arrest of a couple accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from a number of Walmart stores over the weekend.

According to a statement released Monday afternoon, 27-year-old Cassandra Harmon and 36-year-old Jeremy Cornell were arrested at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, at a Walmart store on Watson and Yuma Roads in Buckeye. The two allegedly left the store with nearly $4,000 of merchandise, without paying, by placing them in two large black totes. The two were stopped by Walmart security, and detained until police arrived.

Further investigations, according to police, later revealed that the couple allegedly stole from the same Walmart stores earlier in the day, as well as another Walmart in Goodyear. A search of Harmon's car turned up two TVs and other merchandise. Drugs were also found inside, and the car's plate was also stolen. In all, the items allegedly stolen in the three incidents totaled a little more than $7,500.

Officials say the suspects admitted to using a popular smartphone app to sell stolen merchandise in the past, and said they planned to sell the items stolen from the three incidents via the same app. Officials did not name the app the suspects used.

Harmon, according to the statement, admitted to officers that she and Cornell were also responsible for stealing several thousands of dollar's worth of lottery tickets from Circle Ks around the Valley. One of the incidents, verified by surveillance camera footage, took place at a Circle K on Highway 95, just east of Downtown Buckeye.

According to the statement, Harmon was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on drug and theft-related charges. Cornell, meanwhile, was booked in three felony theft-related charges.

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