Man Arrested For Shoplifting Has Been Jailed More Than 50 Times

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(Memphis) He sounds like a career shoplifter, but investigators call Jonathan Conroy a 'booster.'

“When you have a booster this is their profession. They will actually take orders from people outside in the community other business owners drug dealers and they will go out and sell these items,” Sgt. David Ballard said.

They say this booster has been arrested 57 times.

He was arrested Wednesday for stealing a Jambox, Bose headphones, and other items from Targets all over Memphis.

“One of the things he likes to steal is washing detergent so when he goes and does time in jail we can see a drop in that and our retailers see it,” he said.

And retailers know who he is. When WREG went to the Target on Highway 64, security knew exactly who we were doing a story about.

“We have a monthly meetings. I guess you would call it round table meetings between law enforcement and retailers all get together and we bring cases in and it’s kind of comical when his face pops up and everybody knows his name everybody knows him,” he said.

Shoplifters costs retailers $2.5 billion a year, and investigators say the City of Memphis has one of the worst problems in the country.

So it won’t surprise you that Conroy is not the only booster the Shelby County A.L.E.R.T team is on to.

Lavelle Moore is another name most retailers know. He has more than 20 arrests.

Investigators say he’s known for stealing electronics.

So how do boosters like Moore and Conroy continue their crimes?

"In a case like this (Conroy’s) this guy knows the system, he knows when he goes into a store he knows exactly how much to steal. He’s doing the math he keeps it under that felony threshold so he qualifies for a misdemeanor,” Ballard said.

This time Conroy is accused of taking over $500 worth of stuff.

That's a felony. He’s held on $50,000 bond in the Shelby County jail.

Sgt. Ballard wants changes to the law so these boosters will serve more time for their costly crimes.

“I think the penalties need to be stiffer especially for repeat offenders,” he said.

It is costly for customers, too. Store owners typically pass on the costs of shoplifting to consumers in the form of higher prices.


    • Wisdom

      No, Mr. Browning, he’s an albino of recessive gene, you know, like you. He looks more closely related to you and your peeps.

  • whitesavagesdevils

    Chris ,you know that dude keeps getting out because he’s a snow bird. Lol boy these genetic mutations can steal. Lol

  • Wisdom

    Hold up. Wait a minute. What is this I see before me??? Nooooo. It can’t be….it looks like a…like a……white guy!!!!

  • Wisdom

    White guy steals for a living. Been arrested 57 times. And this is his first time on the news? Why does the media hide white criminals but if a black person kicks over a trash can, it’s breaking news with mugshots all over the net??? Is this maggot stealing to support his crystal meth habit or what? Doesn’t he get enough food stamps every month? I’d bet you a nickel he’s a lazy, refuse to work, leech who lays up in his trailer all day until it’s time for him to get out and the brakes off of these poor innocent corporations.

    • bmwjen

      I don’t think they are hiding anything…black people don’t care about white people and what they do.

      • Wisdom

        Exactly buddy! But whites seem to be overly and patriarchically faking concern about blacks and what they do! They take every chance they get to belittle an entire race of people for the actions of SOME!!!

  • Wisdom

    Why couldn’t he just sell his Obamaphone instead of stealing from people? Why didnt his mommy teach him morals about not taking things that don’t belong to him? Oh wait, his mother is from the same culture that thinks it’s perfectly fine to take things from others like stealing people’s culture, stealing their history, stealing cultural artifacts, stealing humans. Silly me. I forgot. THIEVERY IS THE NEANDERTHAL WAY!

  • Wisdom

    Why has this degenerate been allowed to get away with so much? He should have caught a long sentence at least 52 arrests ago. I blame George Washington, Jimmy Carter, Dwight Eisenhower, Mickey Mouse, President Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard Nixon, Thomas Jefferson, Harry S. Truman, Theodore Roosevelt, Chucky Cheese and President Obama for not doing something sooner so try and stop this misfit. Ronald Reagan created this shoplifting WELFARE QUEEN. Who told this white man he didn’t have to work for a living? RUSH LIMBAUGH? This guy had a better life being a slave fighting in Xerxes’ army. Didn’t they pay him enough for being a slave? Now he’s just a dependent slave of the system. What’s Bill O’Reilly gonna have to say about this white thuggery.

  • Wisdom

    Now who’s gonna pay for this thug’s 3 hots and a cot for the 58th time? Me? I’m outraged!!! I’m gonna stand my ground and stop paying these taxes just like Cliven Bundy did. And if the government has a problem with it, I’m going to round me up some good gun-toting Bloods and Crips and we’re gonna stand around flashing our NRA membership cards and drink beer. And when the government comes along, we’re gonna run and hide and Honey Boo Boo as a human shield. It’s gonna an epic situation. We’re gonna take our country back from thugs like him!!! Power to the people (that don’t steal) !!!!

  • Wisdom

    They should let George Zimmerman take care of this lazy bum. Oh wait: George Zimmerman only kills innocent the black teenagers that he stalks.

  • Wisdom

    Better yet, let him go back to Europe and sentence him to smell the armpits of those French people who don’t use deodorant. That should teach him.

      • Wisdom

        No buddy. No hate here. I’m just espousing me some good clean Christian values. That’s what’s wrong with America. No one has values anymore. This is an unappreciative, lazy little skunk. Doesn’t he know how many Africans and Indians were slaughtered JUST so he could come to America and live a good clean Christian hard-working life? And he’s peeing it all away!

    • Bassplayer

      Naw wisdom: he probably has smelled that cologne your people SHOWER themselves in so EVERYBODY KNOWS you’re wearing it.

  • Wisdom

    Has this worthless ghetto trash pink guy ever heard of pulling himself up by his boot straps??? Geesh….a certain “demographic” of our high society is always trying to get something for nothing. I forgot that stealing is as American as apple pie. This country was founded on thievery. I’m willing to bet if those Pilgrims (you know, the ones who killed the natives who had been here for thousands of years, infected them, shot them up with bullets, stabbed them, hung them, raped, them, gave them blankets infected with smallpox, and infected them with foreign filthy European diseases, and who were were too civilized to kill the pilgrims on sight and too friendly and too naive to fathom such savagery could be perpetrated by humans against humans?) weren’t dead and gone, they’d give him a “right on Jonny!” and a pack on the back. They’d be proud that their progeny has kept the culture of thievery alive and well even unto this day!

  • Wisdom

    Obama should cut his food stamps and his Obamaphone off for this offense. He’s probably selling those for crystal meth too….He thinks he entitled to food stamps ANDTarget’s merchandise? Disgusting. I’m moving to Mississippi and run me some white folks out of their neighborhood so I could have it all to myself. I’ve got to escape these “bad elements” in Memphis.

    • Bassplayer

      Cool,,you go right ahead,,you seem to have the same dumbazz attitude as a loud mouthed redneck,,you will fit right in..

  • For Real

    You should blame your ancestress for selling your family as slaves. If they wouldn’t have been sold you wouldn’t have what you have and the black community would be still stuck in Africa throwing spears. Be thankful instead of what your are. White man did you a favor.

  • ron

    Please tell him I have a LOT of expensive stuff to steal. I will do what the law has not been able to. I will end his career forever when he goes for it. I hate thieves. I guess his mama didn’t raise him right.

  • Terry

    The City of Memphis should be ashamed. Is there a way to find out what judge let him go 57 times? There used to be a law just for repeat offenders.

  • not sure

    What ever part of the body is used to steal, seperate it from the body, so it can not take anymore

  • George

    What happend to the three strikes law? Even if the 50+ arrests were not felony’s, repeat offenders must be left in prison.

  • For Real

    Wisdom, your blood doesn’t run thru me. You are just like a Alabama Porch Mun-keeeeeyyyyy. Don’t waste your time, get off the f-ckin website junglebu-ny. George Zimmerman would tear you a new a-$h-le.

  • SayNoMore

    @Terry, try Googling American slave revolts. Some were momentarily successful, but those caught and even many who did not participate were slaughtered (hu ng/burned alive), mutilated and tortured.

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