Multi-State Organized Retail Theft Ring Busted

Police in Goldsboro announced today three arrests for the theft of $8,000 in electronics taken recently from the Target store on Sunburst Drive.  On April 17th, three suspects assaulted a Target store employee as they fled with stolen merchandise out a rear fire exit where a vehicle was waiting.  It was discovered the Target in Wilson had been the victim of a similar incident earlier that same day.

In May, Goldsboro Police with the assistance of Target Special Investigators, and several law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia developed several suspects. The three suspects were part of a larger group, which had stolen from over 30 Target stores across multiple states stealing in excess of $100,000 in merchandise.

Warrants for arrest were secured on Boubakar Toure, 20, of New York, NY; Aliou Toure, 23, of New York, NY; and Bakary Magassouba, 21, (address unknown) for organized retail theft, larceny from the person, and conspire to commit felony larceny.

On May 15, Boubakar Toure was arrested by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia. He was held on a fugitive warrant and on Tuesday was extradited back to Wayne County where he was served his outstanding warrants. He received a $75,000 secure bond.

Aliou Toure and Bakary Magassouba were arrested in Bristol, Virginia on similar charges for a Target store larceny in Johnson City, Tennessee. They are currently awaiting extradition to North Carolina.