Shoplifting Incident Leads to Two Arrests for Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Drug Possession

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JONESBORO, Ark. – Two individuals were arrested last week in Jonesboro after a shoplifting incident at Walmart on Parker Road escalated to charges of possession of drugs and continuing criminal enterprise.

The incident occurred between 12:30 PM and 12:50 PM on June 22 when loss prevention agents observed a suspect taking a substantial quantity of high-value electronics, including gaming consoles, earbuds, headphones, and gaming controllers. When confronted by the agents, the suspect abandoned the stolen items and fled the scene.

The Jonesboro Police Department (JPD) responded promptly, arriving at the scene at 12:52 PM. Officers arrested two suspects in a black 2022 Nissan Altima. The arrested individuals were identified as Haneef Damone Minus, 24, with an unknown address, and Alonso Dante Friday, 23, from Detroit, Michigan. They were charged with felony shoplifting (amounting to over $1,000 but under $5,000), possession of drugs (excluding meth/cocaine), possession of marijuana, and felony continuing criminal enterprise. The latter charge suggests that authorities have evidence indicating the involvement of the suspects in ongoing criminal activities. Further details from the report are currently under investigative status.

According to § 5-64-405, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise carries a potential imprisonment term of up to two times the duration specified for the underlying offense. In this case, the charge of shoplifting between $1,000 and $5,000 falls under a Class D felony, which can result in a prison sentence of up to six years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

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