LPD: Two shoplifters identified, arrested 5 months later

Pictured from left to right: 40-year-old Alisha Wilson and 30-year-old Morgan Newsom Photos provided by the Lincoln Police Department

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Police officers apprehend two shoplifters after more than five months of investigation.

It all started on January 31 of this year, when officers were called to Menards, 3500 N 27th St, just before 1 am.

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When officers arrived they contacted an employee who claimed yesterday evening two females came into the store, filled a shopping cart with various items totaling about $1,400.

One of the stolen items was an invisible pet fence.

The women allegedly attempted to pay, but their card continued to be denied, saying the wrong pin was being used. They said they were going to go put a few items back but instead fled out the door without paying.

Months later, on June 12, Lincoln Police officers received information leading them to uncover the identity of the two women: 40-year-old Alisha Wilson and 30-year-old Morgan Newsom.

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On June 21, an investigator contacted Newsom who was currently incarcerated in Kansas, and interviewed her for this case plus six other shoplifting cases.

Police say since she had previous theft convictions, Newsom’s theft charges were now considered felony violations.

She was arrested on seven counts of felony shoplifting:

  • Hy-Vee on Nov. 25, 2020
  • Orscheln’s on Jan. 5, 2021

  • Hobby Lobby on Jan. 7, 2021

  • Walmart on Jan. 10, 2021

  • Walmart on Jan. 17, 2021

  • Menards on Jan. 31, 2021
  • Walmart on April 9, 2021

On June 22, around 5 pm, an officer spotted Wilson in the area of 40th and St Paul Ave. He attempted to contact her but she fled in a silver 2007 Pontiac G6. However, a short time later she was found near 61st and Havelock walking away from the Pontiac.

After a struggle, the officer was able to take Wilson into custody. She was arrested for avoiding arrest, resisting arrest, and shoplifting.

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