What was originally believed to be a drug deal on May 22 turned out to be an exchange of stolen goods, totaling nearly $500, police said.
Jerman Richardson, 21, of Speedwell Avenue, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property at 7:40 p.m. after Tyrone Wilfong, 33, of Cobb Place, dropped a blue bag containing four GPS devices totaling $486 and fled the scene.
According to the police report filed by Officer Michael Urena, off-duty officer Victor Gallardo had called in the possible drug deal, saying he had observed two black males—later identified as Richardson and Wilfong—in a green Mercury in a parking lot in the vicinity of Henry Street and Speedwell Avenue.
Wilfong had then gotten out of the Mercury with a blue bag and had moved over to a tan Ford pickup also at the scene, according to the report.
Urena arrived and approached the Mercury containing Richardson. Urena recognized Wilfong, who was standing next to the Ford pickup with the blue bag, which he then dropped into the truck and ran from the scene, according to the report.
As Urena continued with Richardson, Richardson said, "I was just waiting for my man to get back in the car. I don't know why he left," according to the report. Gallardo then explained what he had seen that prompted him to call police, according to the report.
The man in the Ford pickup truck, whose identify was kept confidential in the police report, told Urena Wilfong had intended on selling him stolen GPS devices, which were in the blue bag Wilfong had dropped before running off, according to the report. Urena took the bag, which contained four such devices, valued at approximately $486, according to the report.
Richardson was placed under arrest and transported to the , where he was charged with receiving stolen property and later released. A complaint was signed against Wilfong for the same charges, and a $5,000 warrant was issued, according to the report.
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