|May 5, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today announced three Broward County residents have been charged in connection to a string of retail thefts. The defendants allegedly stole smartphones and tablets from retail cellphone outlets in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties.
“Members of this organized retail theft ring targeted mobile phone stores in multiple Florida counties but thanks to our joint investigation, justice came calling—and now all three suspects have been arrested and charged in connection to this case,” said Attorney General Bondi.
According to a multiagency investigation, the defendants entered various retail cellphone stores open for business and stole smartphones and tablets by tearing demo items from display cords and running out of the stores. In many cases, one defendant would allegedly distract a store salesperson while the others stole electronics. The stores targeted include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The investigation uncovered more than 31 incidents involving the three defendants, totaling more than $70,000 in stolen merchandise.
The following defendants are facing charges in connection to this case:
- · Christopher Jordan, 27;
· Prosper Vilsaint, 29; and
· Willie Walker, 29.
All three defendants face charges including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and numerous counts of grand theft. If convicted, each defendant could face more than 30 years in prison. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
Jordan and Walker are currently in law enforcement custody in Maryland facing charges not related to this case. Vilsaint is in the custody of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, also on unrelated charges.
The agencies that assisted in the investigation include the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Boca Raton Police Department, the Coral Spring Police Department, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Davie Police Department, the Delray Beach Police Department, the Doral Police Department, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the Hialeah Police Department, the Hollywood Police Department, the Miami Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Miami Gardens Police Department, the Miramar Police Department, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Pembroke Pines Police Department, the Plantation Police Department and the Port St Lucie Police Department.
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