WOOD VILLAGE, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people are accused of being part of an organized retail theft operation that resulted in the loss of more than $6,000 from Walmart.
Aurora Hinkley and Jason David Wigley have been indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury with one count each of organized retail theft and first-degree theft.
Court records show that on or about Sep. 5, 2013, they unlawfully and knowingly, while acting in concert, took property from Walmart that, within a 90-day period, that exceeded more than $5,000.
Lt. Steve Alexander, a spokesperson with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, said in January 2015, Wigley and Hinkley were stealing electronics. He said Detective Rian Hakala was working and the case and could not provide additional details.
Officials said there are pending investigations against Wigley and Hinkley in Washington and Idaho.
According to a police report obtained by KOIN 6 News, Pasco Police responded to a shoplifting and theft at the Walmart in the 4800 block of Road 68 in Pasco, Wash. July 26, 2013.
The store’s manager flagged down an officer who was at the store investigating a hang up 911 call. The manger told the officer that someone had just cut the lock from the computer security case and had some laptops out of the case, the police report states.
Cameras recorded the man bent down in front of the secure computer case. He then can be seen with several boxes in his hand, and placing them in a cart full of clothing. When store employees checked the exits, they found an emergency exit door had been forced open, but the alarm had been tampered with so it did not sound.
The man is seen leaving the store through the emergency exit with the computers and other items in the cart, the police report states.
Based on the man’s knowledge of the store’s security system and emergency exits, police theorized that he may have been a current or former employee, the police report states. The officer checked the case and determined that seven computers that retailed for $448 each had been taken, the police report states.
During the follow up investigation, a separate officer wrote “it is obvious that the suspect had a plan in place and executed the plan to avoid capture.”
On Aug. 9, 2013, a tip came into Crime Stoppers that identified the man in the Walmart theft in Pasco as Wigley. The case was closed because officers were not able to locate him or any additional leads. On Sep. 25, 2013, officers executed a search warrant and detained Hinkley, records show.
Pasco Police Detective Jesus Romero wrote that police were able to get the license plate to a silver Pontiac Grand Prix in Post Falls, Idaho after the suspects were seen leaving the Walmart after committing theft. The vehicle was registered to Hinkley, police said.
Romero went to Hinkley’s home, and “as luck would have it, Aurora was exiting her vehicle with several items and going into her house.” The detective said in his report that the two suspects had committed several thefts and were likely living together.
During a police interview, Hinkley acknowledged having the stolen property and claimed that she was forced to help steal the items because she was forced to by Wigley.
Wigley was indicted December 11, 2014. He was arraigned Jan. 22, 2015. His next court date is scheduled for mid-July.
Hinkley is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning at the Multnomah County Justice Center. A warrant was issued back in Dec. 2014 when the indictment was filed against her and Wigley. Records show that she was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center after being released from the Washington Department of Corrections.