Carson City Sheriff Deputies and Investigators have broken up a store theft operation that saw merchandise stolen from local merchants and then sold on the black market for up to 50% of their sales price.
According to Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies, suspect Angela Bowman, 28, of Carson City, would go into local hardware stores and place small power tools in her carrying case. She had a way to trick the store’s theft-detection system which allowed her to walk right out with hundreds of dollars worth of power tools which she would later sell to her “black market dealer” for either money or drugs. The “dealer” was later identified as Ryan Riggs, 31, of Carson City.
Reports say this went on for some time. But eventually sheriff’s deputies caught up with both of them and they were arrested and jailed: Riggs for running a burglary ring, possession of stolen property, theft, drug sales and paraphernalia. He was jailed on $80,000 bail. Bowman was arrested for theft, burglary, petit larceny, possession of methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set to just under $70,000. Authorities prefer that the news media does not reveal Angela Bowman’s little “trick” to get merchandise out of the store without out setting off shoplifting alarms. Merchants, heads-up out there.