Smithfield Police charge four, including juvenile, in string of alcohol thefts

Published 3:48 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Smithfield Police have charged three adults and a minor in connection with a series of alcohol thefts, the most recent of which occurred on Jan. 24 at the South Church Street ABC store.

On Jan. 29, police arrested 40-year-old Michael Brown, 32-year-old John Wood, 22-year-old Iyona Ankum and a juvenile male, all of Newport News. According to police, the four suspects were caught in a blue Mazda 3 with roughly $1,500 worth of stolen merchandise.

The three adults face charges of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Wood also faces two counts of petit larceny, while Ankum faces an additional charge of drinking while operating a motor vehicle.

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Charges are also pending against the juvenile.

On Jan. 24, two suspects wearing hoodies and masks were recorded on the Smithfield store’s surveillance camera allegedly taking several hundred dollars of merchandise without paying. Only one of the three suspects is charged in connection with the Jan. 24 larceny. The three are also suspects in ABC store thefts in Newport News, according to Smithfield Police Lt. William Wooley.

The investigation remains ongoing.