Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
Shoplifting suspect so prevalent that employees knew him by name arrested after an almost two month long theft spree.
Nicholas Michael (25) and Melodie Banks (26) were the suspects in multiple shoplifting incidents spanning nearly the past two months (starting June 3rd, 2020) from multiple retail stores in the same retail chain around the Spokane area. Employees off the retail chain had dealt with Michael so often that they knew him by name and had told him not to return to the stores. An employee of the retail chain was able to attribute to Michael and Banks fifteen separate thefts at four retail locations using the store security cameras to match descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.
After shoplifting various tools and other merchandise from the stores, Michael would then sell them online via various selling websites and social media sites.
On July 24th, 2020 Spokane Police arrested Michael and Banks when they were spotted together in their vehicle. Michael was booked into Spokane County Jail on counts of Organized Retail Theft and Theft with Intent to Resell. Banks was booked on a count of Organized Retail Theft.
The total loss from the thefts was over $7,800.00.
Report # 2020-20122189
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Officer John O'Brien