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Franklinton store employees arrested for stealing many shoes for drugs

Franklinton store employees arrested for stealing many shoes for drugs
Posted: Feb 27, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the Franklinton Police Department

Today, Sergeant Steve Lang and Patrolman First Class Justin Stogner responded to Hibbett Sporting Goods store located at 1140 Washington Street in Franklinton in reference to a theft complaint totaling approximately $23,146 to include 212 pairs of shoes along with various other Hibbett merchandise.

Subsequent to the initial complaint which was filed by the Loss Prevention section of Hibbett Sports, officers detained 25-year-old Jenna Cosse who was attempting to leave the area. Cosse was the manager at Hibbett Sports and had been employed with the business for approximately one year.

Also detained during the investigation was 25-year-old Elizabeth Reedy, also an employee of Hibbett for approximately four months. Reedy was located inside a vehicle in the business parking lot and was initially unresponsive to the officer’s presence. Officer’s detected the strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle and upon initial contact; Reedy appeared to be under the influence and was found to be in illegal possession of narcotics.

Both subjects were transported to the Franklinton Police Department. Detective Sergeants Chad Dorsett and James Folks, assisted by the patrol officers conducted the investigation and interviews which led to the arrests of Cosse and Reedy. Detectives were able to conclude through evidence and suspect admission, the two employees were engaged in a narcotics for merchandise exchange as well as trading merchandise for cash which was kept.

Jenna Cosse was arrested and charged with Felony Theft between $5,000 and $25,000, Felony Possession of a legend drug, Felony Possession of Schedule III narcotics, Misdemeanor Possession of marijuana, 2 counts Felony Possession of Schedule II narcotics and 4 counts of Felony Possession Schedule IV narcotics.

Elizabeth Reedy was arrested and charged with Principals to Felony Theft between $5,000 and $25,000, Misdemeanor Possession of marijuana, Felony Possession of Schedule II narcotics and Felony Possession of Schedule IV narcotics.

Chief Justin Brown praised the work of his officers and their expedient response to the case. Chief Brown added the use and distribution of illegal narcotics within the Town of Franklinton is an ongoing battle our officers face every day; a battle we are committed to fighting.

There are so many families affected by addiction and unfortunately, this addiction typically results in arrest or death. In this case, these two young women will have a difficult road ahead of them however they will also have an opportunity to seek out treatment, should they choose it.
In either case, the Franklinton Police Department will uphold the law by protecting the lives, property, and safety of our residents and business owners. If you violate the law, you will be held accountable.

Chief Justin D. Brown