Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk

A New Breed of Gangs

Last month I wrote about the uprising of the Yenta Carts/ Wide Wagons. For the most part I focused on their use as a weapon, but I had no idea they could be used for theft! But that's exactly the case and it was done at a New Hampshire WalMart (I suppose the WalMart part shouldn't be a surprise).

A mother has been caught on camera rolling around Walmart in an electronic wheelchair while she and her son shoplifted several expensive items, police said.

Cynthia Ritter, 46, and son Kelvin Rodger, 27, who live in separate apartments at the Carrington Farms complex on Mammoth Road in Hooksett, were arrested about 2 a.m. Monday for the April 30 shoplifting incident.

Police said it took a month to link items found in the duo's possession back to Walmart.

The items included a 32-inch LCD television, a TV remote, TV cables, seven Playstation games, a home audio system, a DVD recorder, a 16-piece glass set, diapers, laundry detergent and three sports bras, according to police.

Ritter was seen on surveillance footage using one of Walmart's electronic wheelchairs for handicapped customers as she concealed items, police said.

Here is the Ma Barker wannabe and her son:

That skunk-style hair is probably what did her in.

Here's another criminal genius who used a Yenta Cart as a getaway ride:

A Pennsylvania man accused of stealing $50 tried to flee in an unusual fashion, wearing a hospital gown and driving a motorized shopping scooter for an escape vehicle.

According to the Associated Press, Craig David Jr. tried to steal $50 from his ex-girlfriend at Walmart after just being released from the hospital. He tried to flee using a Walmart scooter for an escape vehicle but was caught and charged with robbery and disorderly conduct.

He was still wearing his hospital gown when he met his girlfriend who agreed to pay for his medication. Instead, police say David grabbed $50 from her and scooted away.

I imagine the chase that ensued to catch the thief looked something like this:

How fast do those carts actually go? Do we need to worry that cities and towns will soon be overrun with notorious mobility scooter gangs, knocking over WalMarts, Salvation Armys, and Flea Markets?? I'm telling you, people, the time to protect yourself is now! Install high curbs around your property before it's too late!


Tags: hooksett, mobility scooters, walmart, wide wagons, yanta carts

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