Three charged in alleged 'coordinated shoplifting ring'

Three Maryland residents have been charged in what State College police have called a “coordinated shoplifting ring” that allegedly included targets in Centre County and in several other states.

Police have charged Davon Hurst, Naquan Williams and Julina Fogle, all of Edgewood, Md., with stealing more than $15,000 in merchandise from three stores in the State College area.

Hurst, Williams and Fogle all face felony charges in the case. Court documents did not indicate whether the three had been arraigned on the charges Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint, the thefts occurred in July 2012 at the Verizon Wireless and Radio Shack stores in the Nittany Mall and Radio Shack on North Atherton Street.

In each instance, the suspects allegedly used a coordinated approach. One person would distract workers, while the others would enter storage rooms and grab electronics.

Police believe the suspects were involved in a series of similar thefts, including some in Ohio and Virginia.

A cellphone later identified as Fogle’s was recovered from a store in Ohio after it was apparently dropped during a confrontation with a manager. State College police obtained a search warrant for the phone and found evidence of plans to steal from the local store, according to the criminal complaint.

Williams’ fingerprints were found on a tool left in one of the local stores, police said.