Police have identified and arrested a man accused of stealing more than $30,000 worth of electronics from Walmart stores in several counties.
According to police, 42-year-old Scott Reed is responsible for stealing merchandise from stores in Westmoreland, Armstrong, Butler and Fayette counties.
Cranberry police charged Reed, of Springdale Borough, in connection with the theft of 11 Apple iPads worth an estimated $5,700 from the Walmart store in Cranberry Township on Aug. 16.
Reed is allegedly responsible for stealing merchandise from four Walmart stores since Aug. 1, according to the affidavit filed in the Cranberry case.
Reed was identified by Frances A. Radeshak, 33, of New Kensington, who police said conspired with Reed in at least three other retail thefts.
New Kensington police arrested Radeshak during a traffic stop on Freeport Road on Aug. 29 after a tipster said he recognized her from a newscast showing security footage of a woman and man stealing merchandise from Walmart stores in the region.
Radeshak, who was jailed on a drug charge, had also identified Reed's vehicle, a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant sedan, which had been seen leaving the Cranberry store.
Reed was driving the vehicle when Cranberry detectives went to interview him on Wednesday, Cranberry police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said. Cranberry police did not charge Radeshak in the Aug. 16 incident.
Authorities said Reed, who has 16 prior arrests and 14 convictions for retail theft, was worried police could easily identify him by his tattoos, so he wore a disguise during the alleged thefts.
Reed was arraigned by Cranberry Judge David T. Kovach on Wednesday. He was put in the Butler County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 20 before Kovach.
A Walmart spokeswoman told Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic that they “appreciate the effort police have made in investigating and arresting someone in these cases."
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.