Deputies making arrest foil shoplifter

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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