Police have charged a man and are seeking two women in connection with the theft of more than $65,000 worth of tax software from retail stores.
Newport News investigators worked with police in Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach cities and authorities in Chesterfield and Henrico counties on the investigation, according to a news release from Newport News police.
The software was stolen from Target and Wal-Mart store displays. Police got a major break in the case when Chesterfield authorities contacted Newport News police with surveillance footage of one of the thefts.
All Newport News police employees received the information and a sergeant assigned to the Professional Standards Office recognized the person in the photo from another investigation.
The sergeant notified the lead detective on the case in his department who, in turn, called Chesterfield County. As the investigation continued, warrants were obtained in Newport News and the two counties.
The warrants were distributed to Newport News police employees and officers from the South Precinct made an arrest.
Nathaniel Speller, 39, was arrested and charged in Newport News grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony. In Chesterfield County, he is charged with five counts of grand larceny. He lives in the 1300 block of 20th St. in Newport News.
Police in Newport News have warrants charging Kimberly Slaughter, 45, with grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony. In Chesterfield County, warrants are on file charging her with five counts of grand larceny, while Henrico has warrants on file charging her with four counts of grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. Slaughter lives in the 4800 block of Rochester Court in Newport News.
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has warrants on file charging Augustine McClain, 41, with one count of grand larceny. Chesterfield County has warrants charging her with six counts of grand larceny while warrants in Henrico County charge her with four counts of grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. McClain lives in the first block of East Luray Avenue in Alexandria.
Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).