Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Police: Employee steals $23,000 from Pinellas Walmart in electronics scheme

Kevin Rious

Kevin Rious, 24

James Lall

James Lall, 26

Pinellas Park Police arrested a Walmart employee Thursday who they say stole more than $23,000 in electronics from his store.

Police said Kevin Rious, 24, of Clearwater, was marking down electronics and selling them to several others at significantly reduced prices over more than a month.

In one case, Rious received a text from James Lall, 26, of St. Petersburg, with a shopping list of items he wanted, police said.

Lall arrived to pick up the items and bought them from the electronics counter where Rious was stationed. Lall walked out with $3,000 in electronics, for which he paid only $500.

Rious was charged with grand theft and taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was held on $10,000 bail.

Lall was charged with possession of oxycodone and heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed firearm and scheme to defraud.

He was being held on $24,000 bail.

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