Virginia Beach thrift store theft caught on camera leads to woman’s arrest

Posted at 2:48 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 16:53:11-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Surveillance cameras at JCOC Community Thrift Store captured two people loading sofas and book shelves into a white pick-up truck early Sunday morning.

According to the owners, Jason and Lisa Englehardt, the couches and book shelves were donated items. They were left outside of the store over the weekend because there was no room in the business. For the three years they have been in business, they say they have never had an issue with crime. That all changed when they came into work on Monday.

Loretta Cantal

"They dropped off their stuff at 4 a.m.and came back at 4:20 a.m.," explained Lisa. "They picked up the love seat, a couple of book shelves and whatever else they could cram into the car."

Thanks to their surveillance cameras, Lisa and Jason were able to watch every step the two took on their property. The video was shared with police, which led to the arrest of Loretta Cantal.

According to Virginia Beach Police, Cantal is the woman in the Englehardt's surveillance video. She is currently out on bond but has been charged with two counts of Grand Larceny.

The Englehardts say they hope the charges are enough to prevent the duo from committing a similar crime.

"She is hurting more than just our store, she is hurting our community and that`s the part that everyone was upset about," said Lisa. "It's one thing to go dumpster diving, it's another to go donation diving."

Police are still for the man shown in the video. If you know his identity, take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.