POLICE BLOTTER: Men arrested in Destin Target

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Kristopher Charles Leake and Edmond Brandon Frazier are charged with retail grand theft and fraud.

Two Chicago men believed to be part of a large-scale theft ring are in custody after an arrest August 25th by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Destin. Eighteen-year old Kristopher Charles Leake and 25-year old Edmond Brandon Frazier are charged with retail grand theft and fraud.

Deputies were called to the Destin Target in reference to suspicious activity. A regional fraud investigator for Target Corporation said the two men spotted at the store were believed to be part of a theft return ring involved in altering or modifying receipts.

The thieves have devised a way to defraud businesses by returning items for cash by using altered and inaccurate receipts. Investigators believe Leake and Frazier are part of a large, organized ring that has accounted for an estimated $100,000 worth of fraudulent activity. An active investigation is underway in this multi-jurisdictional case. A search of the white Nissan Altima driven by the suspects turned up wireless baby monitors, bluetooth equipment, numerous Target bags, receipts, and other items.