The victim had hired MayFlower Moving Company to help her move from Houma to a home on Chestnut Street in the Lower Garden District on Sept. 13, NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy said at department’s weekly Comstat meeting on Friday morning. The woman had one of the movers help her “remove a personal box from the rear seat of her vehicle,” and inside that box was storage container with several credit cards and $31,000 in cash, Bardy said.
The woman was subsequently notified to possibly fraudulent activity on her cards by the bank, and when she went to check the box, she found the cards and the money were gone and called the police, Bardy said.
A few days later, 29-year-old Teredevon Frith was stopped on suspicion of shoplifting a $13 bottle of potassium pills at a Walmart near Atlanta, said Capt. Stephen Fore of the Dekalb County Police Department. When the responding officer patted Frith down, he found a large bundle of cash in his pocket — roughly $2,100, Fore said. Upon searching Frith further, the officers found another bundle of cash in his other pocket and $16,000 more stuffed in Firth’s shoes, Fore said — a total of more than $27,000, as well as credit cards belonging to the victim in New Orleans.
“Almost $30,000 in his possession, and the guy committed a shoplifting,” Bardy said at the NOPD comstat meeting.
In New Orleans, Frith is being charged with theft and illegal possession of stolen things. He was booked into jail Sept. 17 in Dekalb County on charges there of felony credit card theft, felony theft by receiving, forgery and giving a false name to officers, Fore said.
Because both jurisdictions have felony charges against Frith, Fore said they will work together to determine where his case is handled first.
Reporter Dan Whisenhunt of Decaturish.com, a news site in Decatur, Ga., contributed to this article.