3 arrested after stealing cell phones stuffed in Star Wars mask from Walmart

From left: Bailey, Hawkins, Johnson (PHOTO: Stafford Co. Sheriff's Office)

STAFFORD CO. – Three suspects are behind bars after, deputies say, they stole cell phones from a Stafford County Walmart using a Star Wars mask.

The following suspects entered a Walmart at 125 Washington Square Plaza on June 21 and stole over $1,200 worth of cell phones:

  • Patrick Hawkins, 18, of Washington, D.C.
  • Keely Johnson, 20, of Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Tiearia Bailey, 22, of Spotsylvania, Virginia

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office says Hawkins took a “Wookie” mask off the shelf and one of the women grabbed a large black purse.

The suspects headed to the electronics section and started filling the mask and purse with cell phones. Deputies say they left the store with eight stolen phones and drove off in a black sedan.

Investigators say they were able to identify the suspects through surveillance footage and tags on the sedan. Deputies also found that the cell phones had been pawned.

Hawkins and Johnson were arrested on July 2, and deputies say they found a large amount of cash and other stolen items during a search.

Deputies say Hawkins admitted to being in a shoplifting conspiracy with Hawkins and Bailey.

Johnson told detectives they had been stealing phones from Walmart stores in the Fredericksburg area. She said they would pawn the phones and split the money.

Bailey was arrested on July 3.

Deputies say they all face shoplifting and larceny related charges.