BUSTED: 9 arrested for stealing at Walmart

On August 3, deputies from the Lancaster Target Oriented Policing (TOP) and Community Oriented Response Enforcement (CORE) teams conducted a theft suppression operation at the west Lancaster Walmart as a result of a rise in thefts.

LANCASTER – Hoping to combat the rise in thefts, authorities conducted a six-hour theft suppression operation at the west Lancaster Walmart today (Aug. 3).

Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., deputies made four felony arrests, five misdemeanor arrests, issued one citation for loitering and located one missing juvenile, who was reunited with family.

The following area residents were arrested during the operation:

* Joyce Smith, 21, Female, Black of Palmdale, commercial burglary

* Kristal Phillips, 36, Female, White of Palmdale, commercial burglary

* Elvis Bexley, 65, Male, White of Lancaster, commercial burglary

* Gabriel Simmons, 26, Male, Black of Lancaster, commercial burglary

* Jesse Burton, 19, Male, Black of Palmdale, petty theft

* Dacia Drake, 18, Female, Black of Palmdale, petty theft

* Sweeta Corrall, 20, Female, Black of California City, petty theft

* Clara Landrum, 36, Female, Black of Lancaster, petty theft

* Name pending on suspect arrested for petty theft

The theft suppression operation was conducted by the Lancaster Target Oriented Policing (TOP) and Community Oriented Response Enforcement (CORE) teams at Walmart, located at 44665 Valley Central in Lancaster.

(Information via press report from the Lancaster Station.)

  37 comments for “BUSTED: 9 arrested for stealing at Walmart

  1. Negative Nancy (removed)
    August 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I lived here temporarily(THANK GOD) This! City! Sucks!!!!!!!. There is not one good thing to say about this place. For PEOPLE;;;;;; who like it here????? OMG………………………………………………..

  2. High desert Jim
    August 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Thank you Sheriff’s department. Great job!
    After a second shoplifting offence maybe a tatoo on the right hand “thief” would help them stop and help catch them if they don’t
    Peace and Love

  3. Crimefighter5
    August 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Glad for this. I’m so tired of seeing people stealing right in front of me whenever I go out and getting away with it because the stores hands are tied and are not allowed to take action. Sheriff Deputies could make a career out of this. Keep it up PLEASE!

  4. lucas
    August 4, 2012 at 7:51 am


    • marlene
      August 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

      So true ,thank you to our law enforcement,no matter how hard times get ,their is no excuse to commit a crime,their is so much help for people who don’t have money,honesty is the best policy.a person should never have to go so low and steal,its not worth it.

    • scott
      August 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Its not safer, those shoplifters got out of jail within hours…. and now they are PISSED!

      • Melvin
        August 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

        Shoplifters…vermin of society. Wal Mart should take a page from the movie Casino. Cheats were taken into a back room where their fingers were mashed. Works for me.

  5. lucas
    August 4, 2012 at 7:45 am


  6. ryenisha jackson
    August 4, 2012 at 12:48 am

    thank you for taking them out of our walmart to make room for more ppl to rob it lolololol

  7. sacryinshame
    August 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Great to see the LASD deputies were in the parking lot on bikes. I was hoping they came to clean up the drug dealers. Either way, the police presence was welcome!

  8. Call it like I see it
    August 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Six Blacks..two Whites arrested. Blacks win! No surprise there!

    • Letlow
      August 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      You seem to see things only in Black and White. What a sad, narrow world that must be for you. You have my deepest sympathies.

      • Call it like I see it
        August 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

        Numbers don’t lie…keep sticking your head in the sand dude!

        • Hmmm
          August 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

          I AGREE!

          • ed
            August 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

            To: Call it. Maybe you should “SEE” it a little better. All of the Commercial Burglars were adults. Only one of the petty thieves was an adult. There is a larger story if you look past the color. Dude!

          • T-Bone
            August 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

            18 is an adult! All were over 18!!!

    • its me
      August 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Well it IS Lancaster after all

      • William
        August 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        How stupid they were. Why steal cheap stuff at Walmart? Go to Wall Street and steal billions and get away it.

        Or work at Bain Capital and strip companies of their assets to make a big profit and leave the mess behind for others to clean up.

        People never learn.

    • jayme
      August 4, 2012 at 3:28 am


  9. jason
    August 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Wait I did not see Michele Brooks name! O I forget it is husband who gets arrested all the time!! O secret out!!!

    • August 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Lol @ jason … Small world

  10. Krystail
    August 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Now if they only come to the east Lancaster one now

    • Jim
      August 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Amen to that!!!

    • jerry
      August 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      East lancaster is right, amen to that also..

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