Two suspects still wanted in local retailers shoplifting spree

Posted On Tuesday November 05, 2019
Wanted Richard Issachar ELLIS
Wanted Richard Issachar ELLIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, November 5, 2019   1:27pm  

(Ottawa)— The Ottawa Police would like to advise the public that Linda SHERMAN, 56 years old of Gatineau has turned herself in to police and has been charged.

Richard ELLIS, 35 years old, of no fixed address; Vithaya CHUOP, 33 years old of Gatineau are still wanted by Ottawa Police West Criminal Investigations.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of the two wanted people is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service West Criminal Investigations at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, October 30, 2019    3:00pm 

Over 100 charges laid in local retailers shoplifting spree – three people wanted

(Ottawa) — Over the past month, the Ottawa Police Service has charged 11 people and laid over 100 charges in relation to more than 50 shoplifting incidents at local business retailers across the city, namely LCBO and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

“The Ottawa Police continues to work in collaboration, through education, with Ottawa area retailers to minimize incidents of retail theft,” said Insp. Tim Hodgins, with the Ottawa Police Criminal Investigations Directorate. “This partnership has been key in helping our investigators identify and arrest suspects.” 

On September 4th, West Criminal Investigations looked into a series of brazen thefts from LCBO and Shoppers Drug Mart in the West end where the suspects, sometimes three or four people at a time, would enter the store, take items and leave without paying for the merchandise. 

On September 9th, three Shoppers Drug Mart stores were targeted in the West end on the same evening and a quick thinking Frontline officer provided key information that resulted in a search warrant in the 2800 block of Cedarwood Drive a few days later. Stolen merchandise from both Shoppers Drug Mart and the LCBO was recovered.  Links were made by the Alternative Response Unit (ARU) and our crime analysts to many LCBOs and Shoppers Drug Mart stores throughout the city. 

As a result of the investigation by West Criminal investigators, multiple charges were laid, including Theft, against Aron YARDON, 30 years old of Ottawa; Alicia SHERMAN, 23 years old of Ottawa; Andrew BAILEY, 32 years old, of no fixed address; as well as two 16 year old males and one 15 year old male. 

Further investigations in October by the East Criminal Investigations into similar incidents and the same core group of offenders as the September incidents, have also led to numerous charges, including Theft, Conspiracy to commit theft, Assault, Breach of judicial release being laid against two 16 year old males and a 15 year old male – these three Young offenders are the same as those charged by West. A 17 year old female and a 15 year old female were also charged. 

On October 25th, the Robbery Unit arrested and charged a 32 year old male with two counts of Robbery. Andrew BAILEY, of no fixed address, was charged in connection with robberies in July 2019 at an LCBO on Walkley Road and one on Woodroffe Avenue. BAILEY was also charged with 16 counts of Theft from various LCBOs across the city from early July to mid-August. 

Wanted by police are: Richard ELLIS, 35 years old, of no fixed address; Vithaya CHUOP, 33 years old of Gatineau (see photos); and Linda SHERMAN, 56 years old of Gatineau (no photo available). 

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of the three wanted people is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service West Criminal Investigations at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666.  

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca. 

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