Quartet Nabbed after South Shore Robbery

Quartet Nabbed after South Shore Robbery

Alameda police officers used the help of two witnesses to arrest four people for allegedly stealing from a TJ Maxx store Sunday, Dec. 15. Bruce Davis, 60; Tiffany Thurman, 40, Elton Hankins, 56; and Shirley Johnson, 32; were all charged with felony grand theft and second-degree burglary. 

The incident took place at the TJ Maxx at 2250 South Shore Center around 2 p.m. An Alameda Police Department (APD) officer responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at the shopping center’s parking lot near Kohl’s, according to APD reports. The officer at the scene did not find the suspicious vehicle, but canvassed the scene to further investigate the situation. 

After leaving the parking lot near Kohl’s the officer was approached by a patron who notified the officer of a possible theft had just occurred at the TJ Maxx. The unidentified witness was able to capture a photo of the fleeing vehicle, which matched the description of the vehicle previously reported to APD dispatch, according to APD reports. The officer at the scene was able to circulate the photo of the vehicle to officers in the area. 

Minutes later another responding officer identified a similar vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for a failure to have license plates displayed on their vehicle. During the stop, the officer observed several items with price tags still attached on the passenger’s lap. The officer asked for backup. Once backup officers arrived, all four occupants of the vehicle were detained without resistance.

The officers searched the vehicle and found several stolen items. Another witness alerted officers that the suspects had thrown several items from the vehicle before they were stopped by police, according to reports. After collecting the items in the vehicle and the discarded items, authorities believe more than $1,000 in merchandise was stolen by the suspects. Officers also discovered bolt cutters, burglary tools and drug paraphernalia on the suspects.

All four suspects are being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin as of Monday, Dec. 16, and their arraignments were held on Tuesday. Davis was also charged with conspiracy to commit a crime. He is being held on $120,000 bail. Hankins was charged with possession of narcotics paraphernalia, providing officers with false identification and conspiracy to commit a crime. He is being held on $127,500 bail. Thurman and Johnson are being held on $70,000 bail.