PINELLAS PARK – Pinellas Park police wrapped up an investigation of a high dollar employee theft scheme with two arrests on Wednesday, June 25.
According to a police report, Walmart Asset Protection notified Pinellas Park Police Department of the scheme involving one of its employees on June 25. Kevin Rious, 24, of Pinellas Park, is accused of selling high dollar electronics at a “substantial unlawful discount” to various persons, as well as to James Lall, 26, of St. Petersburg, the second suspect in the case.
Police said that Rious began the scheme on May 7 and continued on 24 separate occasions. Walmart reports losses of $23,264. Lall’s participation amounted to $13,066.
Rious and Lall were apprehended “in the commission of this scheme” June 25. Pinellas Park police public information officer Adam Geissenberger explained how the scheme worked. In a statement, Geissenberger related the June 25 incident.
“Lall sent a text message to Rious with a shopping list of items he wanted Rious to set aside,” Geissenberger said. “Lall would arrive and pick up the items at the electronics department register where Rious was assigned. Rious would complete a sale of items that were not being purchased at a substantial reduction in the cost of the actual items being given to Lall.
“Lall then walked out with electronics valued in excess of $3,000. Lall paid $500. Lall would later pay Rious for his assistance in the crime.”
When police arrested Lall, he was in possession of a firearm, stun gun and narcotics.
Lall was charged with possession of oxycodone, possession of heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed firearm and scheme to defraud. Bond was set at $24,000.
Rious was charged with grand theft. Bond was set at $20,000.