Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of a shoplifter at the Eastern Hills Mall on July 24, after stealing cologne from one of the mall’s stores.
Jeffrey Ridgeway, age 56, was stopped and taken into custody by Deputy Davis after a suspect matching Ridgeway’s clothing was spotted outside the store. Eight boxes of cologne, valued at $660, were taken from the J.C. Penney located inside the mall.
Ridgeway is considered a habitual offender at the mall and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has arrested him in the past, one of the charges includes taking someone’s vehicle without permission.
The Sheriff’s Office charged Ridgeway with petit larceny and is being held at Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail. An arraignment date has been set for July 25.
Erie County Sheriff’s Detectives encourage area shop owners to contact the Sheriff’s Office through the Greater Buffalo Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 716.867.6161 or the confidential email system on the Sheriff’s website www.erie.gov/sheriff if they believe Ridgeway is suspected in similar incidents at their stores.