Deputies making arrest foil shoplifter

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CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies managed to foil a second shoplifting attempt while arresting two women for allegedly trying to steal merchandise from Wal-Mart.

On Sunday, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Wal-Mart on Transit Road in Clarence when two women were trying to leave the store with items worth more than $1,300 that they did not pay for. Deputies arrived in time to stop the women, who were identified as 34-year-old Lawana Minter of Irondequoit and 21-year-old Zasheema Allison of Rochester.

Both women were charged with fourth degree grand larceny, and deputies say Allison was additionally charged with false personation for giving a factitious name.

After the initial call, a second patrol vehicle was sent to Wal-Mart to assist in the arrest, and deputies say they foiled a second shoplifting attempt. While walking in the store, deputies say they saw a man pushing a cart full of merchandise out of Wal-Mart without any store bags.

Authorities confronted the man, identified as 51-year-old James Tolien of Amherst, and say he admitted attempting to steal the items, worth around $660. Tolien also had an active warrant out of the City of Buffalo.

All of the alleged shoplifters were taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

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