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Two arrested for stealing cell phones and attempting to sell online

Two arrested for stealing cell phones and attempting to sell online

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has announced the arrests of two people on charges of larceny and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Johnny Alston now faces four counts of larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. Raheem Scott is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Lott said both Alston and Scott set up unsuspecting victims to steal their cell phones by using the social media apps “Let it Go” and “Offer Up.” The apps are used by people to buy and sell personal property.

Alston would apply for jobs at local restaurants and never show back up after receiving his uniforms, according to Lott. Alston would meet the victims in the parking lots of these restaurants wearing the uniform for that location.

Alston would have the victim’s cell phone and use and excuse to say he has to go get something. He would then go inside the restaurant and leave out the other side, stealing the cell phone.

Alston and Scott would sell, or try to sell, the phones on Craigslist for $300.00.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators were able to identify Alston and Scott. Investigators were set up at a restaurant last week when Alston was at it again.

He was in the restaurant uniform attempting to steal a victim’s cell phone; he was quickly arrested and investigators soon arrested his accomplice Scott.

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