Two people were busted with a large stash of heroin after surveillance video captured them shoplifting an iPad from a local New Jersey Wal-Mart.
According to police, an employee saw one of the suspects leaving the store with the iPad and head towards the parking lot. Along with the surveillance video, police were able to positively identify both suspects in the case.
The investigation led them to Gabriel Pagan-Valentin, 28, and Karla Almonte-Santiago, 19. Both were arrested and taken into custody.
However, it wasn’t just the iPad that police discovered after the arrest. A search turned up 5 ½ bricks of heroin (271 individual bags) along with $800 in cash.
Both suspects are now facing multiple charges, including theft, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and possession of heroin. The male suspect in the case is also charged is resisting arrest. Santiago’s bail was set at $15,000 and Valentin’s was set at $35,000. Both were sent to Cape May County Correctional Center.
The two were apparently operating a significant drug operation, and due to the theft their operation was uncovered.
So why would they attempt such a risky theft while possessing such a large supply of drugs? Maybe it was greed, or perhaps their judgment was compromised as a result of dipping into the ‘supply’ one to many times.
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Original article nbcphiladelphia.com
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