Pair faces charges in K-mart scheme
Two Elkins men were arrested Monday after allegedly collaborating to steal more than $5,000 from the Elkins K-Mart, police said.
Erik Wesoloski, 45, was arrested for one felony count of fraudulent schemes, one felony count of embezzlement, one felony count of receiving or tranferring stolen property, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
Randy Kim Kinzy, 32, was arrested for one felony count of receiving and transferring stolen property and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to the official criminal complaint.
West Virginia State Police officers were notified on Nov. 1 by officials at the Elkins K-Mart about a discrepancy in inventory, including two LED television sets.
Christopher Johnson, the regional K-Mart loss prevention manager, advised officers he was able to locate the date and time of the theft of a 32-inch Samsung LED television, and showed police video surveillance footage depicting Wesoloski, an employee of the store, “pretending to scan the bar code of the television, before removing the electronic monitoring wrap” from it for another individual, identified later as Kinzy, according to the complaint.
The footage also depicted Wesoloski scanning a Kit-Kat candy bar as part of the same transaction, then only charging Kinzy for the candy bar, “for a total $0.67,” the complaint states.
Johnson advised police that “he had tracked the same style of interaction between (Wesoloski and Kinzy) on nine separate occasions” between Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, totalling $1,160.27 worth of property taken from the store, the complaint alleges.
Later, when questioned by police, Wesoloski allegedly confessed to the thefts, explaining to the officer that “he and Mr. Kinzy had been conducting the same scheme on a weekly basis since the beginning of April,” the complaint states. Police said Wesoloski believed “the total estimated value of the property taken from K-Mart to be approximately … $5,257.42” according to the complaint.
Wesoloski is free on a $10,000 cash or surety bond and Kinzy is free on a $30,000 cash or surety bond. Both were arraigned by Magistrate Ben Shepler.
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