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Two accused of stealing at least $800 worth of jeans

Abboubi Mohammed and Baroudi Ahmad Kaddour were being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center

September 20, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Two New York men were charged following the theft of at least $800 worth of jeans from Sears at Valley Mall over two days, according to Washington County District Court records.

Abboubi Mohammed, 45, of 7010 Third Ave. in New York, and Baroudi Ahmad Kaddour, 54, of 6718 13th Ave., Apt. 3B, in Brooklyn, N.Y., were being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center. Mohammed was being held on $30,000 bond and Kaddour was being held on $35,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Both men were charged with two counts of theft less than $1,000, theft scheme of $1,000 to less than $10,000 and malicious destruction of property of less than $500, according to court records.

Deputy 1st Class Aaron Horton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said he was sent to Sears at 2:27 p.m. last Thursday for a report of shoplifters.

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Horton said he met with a loss prevention worker at Sears who showed him video surveillance of two men stealing 16 pairs of jeans valued at $800.

When he watched the video, Horton said it appeared one of the men distracted employees while the other man placed jeans in a large white plastic bag.

The man putting the jeans in the bag was trying to hide behind clothes racks, Horton said in court papers.

The other man then walked quickly to the bag, picked it up and left the store, Horton said. The first man who was putting the jeans in the bag also left the store, Horton said.

The next day, Horton said the loss prevention worker at Sears called and said the men had returned to the store.

One man was detained by the loss prevention worker and the other man was found near Motel 6, Horton said.

The loss prevention worker was able to find a bag of stolen jeans from the Friday incident. That theft involved 11 pairs of jeans valued at $638, Horton said.

Horton said he found a black Lincoln Town car with a Massachusetts registration in the parking lot near Sears that was registered to Kaddour. Horton said he looked in the windows of the car and saw a sweat shirt that one of the men was wearing during the Thursday theft.

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