February 27, 2019

FPD: Theft From Hibbett of Over $23,000 and Narcotics Arrest

Today (February 27, 2019), Franklinton Police Department Sgt. Steve Lang and Pfc. Justin Stogner responded to the Hibbett Sporting Goods store in Franklinton in reference to a theft complaint totaling approximately $23,146 to include 212 pairs of shoes along with various other Hibbett merchandise.
Officers detained Jenna Cosse (25), the manager of Hibbitt Sports. Also detained was Hibbett Sporting Goods employee Elizabeth Reedy (25). Reedy was located inside a vehicle in the business parking lot and was initially unresponsive to the officer’s presence. Officers reportedly detected the strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle, Reedy appeared to be under the influence, and was found to be in illegal possession of narcotics.

Detectives concluded, through evidence and suspect admission, that the two employees were engaged in a narcotics for merchandise exchange as well as trading merchandise for cash.

Cosse was charged with Theft between $5,000 and $25,000, Possession of Legend Drug, Possession of Schedule III Narcotics, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession Schedule IV narcotics (4 counts). Reedy was charged with Principals to Felony Theft between $5,000 and $25,000, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II narcotics and Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics.

Chief Justin Brown praised the work of his officers, adding “the use and distribution of illegal narcotics within the Town of Franklinton is an ongoing battle our officers face every day and 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.”

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