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Police: Accused Walmart shoplifters claimed to have gun

Posted September 9, 2009

— Clayton police arrested a woman and a man Saturday who they say tried to shoplift from a Walmart store and told an employee and a motorist they had a gun.

Officers arrested Keisha Levette Lasane, 40, of 1104 Holman St. in Raleigh, and Corey Dovone Hairston, 38, of 710 Tyler Road in Raleigh, after being called out to a larceny at the Walmart at 805 Town Centre Blvd. last Saturday.

A loss-prevention employee told police that he detained Lasane and Hairston after they hid clothing and health care products. One of them told the worker that they had a gun, so he didn't try to stop them when they left, police said.

The employee described the two to police, and Officer Scott Holzshu spotted them in the parking lot. Police said that Holzshu detained Hairston in his cruiser but saw Lasane jump into the passenger side of a car.

Lasane told the driver, Linda Moser, 62, of Newton Grove, that she had a gun and ordered her to drive away, police said. Holzshu ran after the car and detained Lasane before the car left.

Investigators did not find a gun, and no one was injured. Police recovered $175 worth of stolen property belonging to Walmart.

Lasane was charged with felonious restraint, misdemeanor larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. She was given a $42,500 secured bond.

Hairston was charged with aiding and abetting larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors. He was given a $2,500 secured.

They were both being held in the Johnston County Jail Wednesday.

According to state Department of Correction records, Lasane was placed on probation in December for food stamp fraud. She has other convictions dating to 1998, including fraud, larceny and shoplifting.


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  • shotzshu Sep 10, 2009

    Maybe this is the perfect time to thank a police officer! They put their lives on the line everyday for us and we seldom let them know how much we appreciate them. Cops do this everyday and never expect anything other than a paycheck. Thank a cop today!

  • familyfour Sep 9, 2009

    Where in the world is the attempted kidnapping / car jacking charge?


  • Centurian Sep 9, 2009

    Great job by the Clayton Policeman. He prevented a much more serious kidnapping!

  • beachboater Sep 9, 2009

    She needs a trip to the Big House. Can't even go a year.

    Well, she got caught with food stamp fraud, so I guess the Big House will at least keep her fed.

    Typical career criminal.

  • Tax Man Sep 9, 2009

    Seems like I recall that if you said you had a gun you would be treated as if you really had a gun for sentencing - or to legally charge them with armed robbery vs. shoplifting. Good the police stopped "insane" before she carjacked the driver - she should get at least 15 years for that. Losers who need to be held as habitual felons for the rest of their lives.

  • lsr67 Sep 9, 2009

    Whatever happened to the 3 strikes law? (or was that 30??)

  • mewuvbb Sep 9, 2009

    The Walmart in our area have as many shoplifters as shoppers. If the judicial system would get off of their you know what and make sentences more stricter and the DA would follow not allow plea bargaining to lesser charges some of these people would be where they belong. I think that stores are jam packed with thieves and even buyers who want something for nothing. If you do not have the funds to go into any store stay out!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Sep 9, 2009

    Once a crook, always a crook. Put these outstanding citizens in jail and KEEP THEM THERE!!!!!!!!!!

  • skinnycow Sep 9, 2009

    "Police recovered $175 worth of stolen property belonging to Walmart."

    Very sad indeed. Time for someone to do some REAL time before they actually hurt someone.

  • Professor Sep 9, 2009

    They both were wrong and should be ashamed. They both should get 10 years in prison for the stealing and having a gun.