Texas Police News recently learned new information regarding Alvisha LaShay Williams, the arrestee in this story. From a dependable source we have learned she has committed thefts in the following cities. Although she was not arrested in each of these thefts, she was observed on video leaving with the merchandise. The dollar value of these thefts is noted in each city.
League City - $757
Alvin - $496
Pearland - $730 - $973 - $1205 - $445 - $503 - $385 - $1449 - $768 - $805 - $426 - $442 - $400
Houston - $442 - $1142
Missouri City - $1525
Pasadena - $791
LEAGUE CITY, TX - A purported member of an organized retail theft ring has
been jailed in League City after being spotted by an undercover deputy
Constable as she left the League City Walmart thru a rear fire exit with a cart
loaded with televisions and lawn equipment.
Alvisha LaShay Williams, a 41-year old black woman, was
finally arrested after leading the deputy and League City Police Officer Dan Criter on a car chase
during which she drove facing oncoming traffic, ran three stop signs, sped
through a construction zone and hit two other vehicles.
Williams was finally stopped on the Gulf Freeway feeder
street near the El Dorado exit. When she was removed from her vehicle, she
physically resisted arrest resulting in her being Tazed by officer.
Williams was first observed by Deputy Constable Ross
McCammon who works undercover for Constable Jerry Fisher in Precinct 4 in
League City. McCammon said he was
observing the shopping center for any signs of criminal activity such as
thefts, purse snatchings, muggings, and the types of crimes which generally
occur in large retail parking areas.
When Williams noticed that McCammon was watching her she
fled not knowing who he was but knowing he was watching her and then following
her from the parking lot. McCammon works
in plain clothes and drives an unmarked vehicle. He is a retired Houston Police Officer who
has been working in the Constable’s undercover crime suppression unit for 16
years and has been responsible for many arrests in major crime cases.
Williams has a long criminal history with arrests in several
Texas counties. She reportedly belongs to a retail crime ring in which she
steals expensive merchandise, turns it into the crime ring leader who sells it
and pays her a share of the sale. In this case she had stolen two 50 inch
televisions and a weed eater.
Organized retail crime (ORC) refers to
professional shoplifting, cargo
theft, retail crime rings and other organized
crime occurring in retail environments. One person acting alone is not
considered an example of organized retail crime. These criminals move from
store to store and even city to city. Working in teams, some create
distractions while others steal everything from infant
formula to DVDs.
Often, they are stocking up on specified items at the request of the organized
According to Brian J. Nadeau, former program manager of the
FBI's Organized Retail Theft Program, “These aren’t shoplifters taking a pack
of gum. These are professional thieves.”
The FBI has estimated that the losses attributed to organized
retail crime could reach as much as $30 billion a year.” In
the UK, respondents to the British Retail Consortium's annual
crime survey for the financial year 2013-2014 estimated that organized retail
crime accounted for 40% of all shop thefts.
Williams is being held in the Galveston County Jail on
charges of Theft and Evading Arrest. Her
bail has been set at $60,000.