EDMOND, Okla. – It all began at the Edmond Walmart Neighborhood Market on 2nd Street.
In the early morning hours, a mystery man was seen jumping the cigarette counter, loading up his arms and waltzing past an employee and out the front door.
Several cameras captured the crook, a female accomplice and the getaway car.
The beat up Firebird, with a broken headlight, was the only vehicle in the parking lot.
About 2:45 a.m. Friday, that same 2002 Pontiac Firebird was seen cruising up Fretz.
An alert officer noticed that broken light and pulled over the car.
Police said the passenger began singing like a canary.
Edmond police quickly realized this was no ordinary traffic stop.
Lonell Wrenn, 49, gave police a bogus name and birth date, twice.
Apparently fed up with the charade, his girlfriend fessed up to at least two recent cigarette heists.
Edmond Police Department Spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said, “In the process of interviewing the girlfriend who was the passenger in the car, she did confirm this is what he does. He’ll go in and jump the counter, steal cigarettes and run out.”
Police compared surveillance video with their suspect.
Monroe said,” We went to the footage in our property room. Same guy. Also the same guy in cigarette thefts from December.”