2 accused taking items in wheelchair basket

September 11, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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CRANBERRY TWP — Two Pittsburgh residents face theft charges after allegedly attempting to take more than $450 worth of merchandise from a township store last week.

Tiffany M. Mitchell-Fields, 28, and Larry J. Richards, 45, are charged with conspiracy to commit retail theft and retail theft.

Township police were called to Walmart around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1 for a report of retail theft in progress. The initial dispatch indicated two people were involved, and a woman was seen leaving the store in a motorized wheelchair.

Richards and Mitchell-Fields were located in the parking lot, where loss prevention officers said the two put items in the wheelchair's basket before leaving without paying. The complaint notes the items totaled $461.68.

Both Richards and Mitchell-Fields were arraigned Sept. 1, and are scheduled for preliminary hearings Friday. Mitchell-Fields remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 monetary bond, while Richards is being held on $5,000 bond.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.