Two accused of stealing ammo from store

Stevie Nicole Cornell, 29, of West Virginia, and Richard Edward Wood, 43, of Winchester, are shown in this image taken from video at Miller's Ace Hardware in Stephens City. They have been charged with grand larceny.  Photo courtesy Frederick County Sheriff's Office

Stevie Nicole Cornell, 29, of West Virginia, and Richard Edward Wood, 43, of Winchester, are shown in this image taken from video at Miller's Ace Hardware in Stephens City. They have been charged with grand larceny. Photo courtesy Frederick County Sheriff's Office

Frederick County law enforcement officials have arrested and charged two people accused of shoplifting $1,000 worth of ammunition from a Stephens City hardware store Saturday.

The defendants are Stevie Nicole Cornell, 29, of West Virginia, and Richard Edward Wood, 43, of Winchester, both of whom were charged with grand larceny.

Capt. Donnie Lang of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said they were seen on a store video at Miller’s Ace Hardware placing the ammunition in an empty baby carrier.

Lang said Cornell and Wood were arrested in mid-afternoon Tuesday at a strip mall in the 4700 block of Martinsburg Pike.

Lang said the Sheriff’s Office had alerted deputies to be watching for a black Dodge Charger linked to the ammunition theft.

“One of the patrol deputies noticed it parked in the parking lot,” Lang said, adding that one of the defendants was out of the car and the other was inside when the deputy pulled up.

Lang said deputies are still trying to recover the stolen ammunition.

“We have recovered some of it,” Lang said. “Some of it has been recovered from pawnshops in the area.”

Kyle Farrior, manager of the hardware store, said the ammunition taken was mostly 223, 40 and 45 caliber rounds. Farrior said he could not recall any previous shoplifting of ammunition in which the amount taken was more than $250 or $300.

Shoplifting is a chronic problem at the store.

“We have a lot of people stealing stuff and hocking it and turning it around and using it for drugs,” Farrior said.

Wood has been released on a recognizance bond. Cornell remained in custody at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center as of Wednesday afternoon.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com.

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