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String of thefts leads to arrest

WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was arrested Monday in connection with multiple thefts spanning nearly a month, allegedly stealing over $6,000 in items. 

Manivong Senesoury, 38, is facing one felony count of financial transaction card fraud and two felony counts of possession of stolen property.

The investigation began at approximately 8:45 a.m. Aug. 6 when officials went to speak with the owner of ME the Werks Construction Co., who had been working on the King’s Wok construction project. The owner told police that, sometime overnight, someone cut a padlock to the construction trailer and stole some tools. The owner said the missing tools were new and still in the boxes.

According to court documents, officers went to inspect the damage on the trailer and suggested a small pry bar or similar tool was used to open the door. Officers located the padlock in the grass near the trailer, and it appeared that the shackle of the lock had been cut off. Officers canvassed the area, checked the construction trailer belonging to Worthington Electric on the north side of King’s Wok and saw that a padlock had also been cut from that trailer.

When contacted, Worthington Electric’s owner told officers that it didn’t appear anything was missing except for a roll of wire. Officers took photos of the scene and retained the two damaged padlocks for evidence. There were no security cameras in the area.

The owner of ME the Werks Construction Co. provided a list of the items stolen from his trailer with a total value of $2,650.

Law enforcement responded Aug. 20 to another report of theft from an individual who said someone took his wallet out of his work truck while it was parked in the 700 block of Thompson Avenue. He said the truck had not been disturbed the evening before, but in the morning he could tell someone had rummaged through it.

The individual noticed charges from Worthington and Sioux Falls, S.D., appearing on his debit card record that he did not charge. A list was provided to law enforcement with the places, amounts and times that the transactions took place. All of the transactions in Worthington were made Aug. 19 at various stores such as Wal-Mart, ShopKo, Dollar General and Radio Shack. The total amount stolen was $1,596.

According to court documents, the last transaction was made at Pawn-It in Worthington. Officers spoke with that business’ owner, who said refused to complete the transaction after noticing the name in the name on the card did not match that of the customer. The owner told officers he did not have a video of the exterior of the store, but did have a copy of the security tape, which was then taken into evidence.

Officers then went to ShopKo to speak with an employee from the loss prevention department. The employee told officers the suspect entered the store and went to the electronics department. From there, he went to the jewelry department and purchased a blue round tennis bracelet. Officers received a video of the suspect and noticed he had the same appearance as the suspect shown on the Pawn-It video.

At approximately 7:50 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to investigate a report of theft in the 1900 block of Willow Street. When they arrived at the scene, a female complainant said someone had entered her vehicle the previous evening and removed an aftermarket stereo out of the front dash and a speaker box — with amplifier, —out of the trunk. She estimated the replacement value of the items at $2,000.

According to court documents, officers noticed the stereo was unhooked from the connections and removed. They saw some disconnected wires that had been hooked to the speaker box and amplifier. No sign of forced entry was visible.

Police got a break in the case Friday when they were called to Pawn-It after the owner told officials that the person who had previously tried to use someone else’s credit card had returned to the business to pawn items.

According to the criminal complaint, when officers arrived at the scene, they noticed the man matched the person in the photos from the Pawn-it and Wal-Mart surveillance. Additionally, the trunk of a vehicle he was standing next to was open.

When officers approached the man, they saw he had several silver-colored wrenches in his hand as well as several tools and a speaker system in the trunk of the car. The man was identified by his Pennsylvania identification card as Senesoury.

According to court documents, Senesoury told officers that he came to Pawn-It to pawn the tools. He allegedly said he purchased the speaker from a man in Storm Lake, Iowa. Senesoury was asked if he had a debit card in his possession that didn’t belong to him, which he denied.

Senesoury removed a wallet from his pocket and quickly removed a debit card with his name on it, then quickly shut the wallet. Officers asked if they could look inside the wallet. When Senesoury handed it to officers, they discovered the debit card in the name of the man who reported it missing a few days ago. When asked about the debit card, Senesoury allegedly responded that he had purchased it from someone.

Senesoury was detained while officers continued their investigations into his possession of possible stolen items. The tools, a DVD player and speaker were removed from the trunk. Senesoury was transported to the Worthington Police Department, where he agreed to speak with officers.

According to court documents, Senesoury allegedly told police during questioning that he had again purchased the debit card from a man for $100. He said that he felt bad about using the card and cut it in half, but later taped it back together because he needed the money. He claimed he only used it twice at Wal-Mart.

Senesoury then said he went to the pawn shop to buy a ring, adding that the owner wouldn’t let him. When questioned about his purchases at ShopKo, Senesoury allegedly said he bought jewelry for $300. He also allegedly told police the card doesn’t work anymore, as he unsuccessfully tried to buy cigarettes with it a few days before.

According to the criminal complaint, officers went through each of the transactions made with the debit card, and Senesoury allegedly agreed that he had made all of those purchases.

A search warrant was executed at his residence located in the 1500 block of Spring Avenue where law enforcement, found three pairs of Jordan shoes that Senesoury allegedly admitted to purchasing in Sioux Falls. Officers also found an open bag of socks, a pair of new jeans and a red tool. A bag with several tools inside were found in the dining room as well.

Officers reviewed the property recovered and learned that a speaker box, subwoofer and amplifier match the description of the reported stolen items.

Senesoury will make his initial appearance in court early next month.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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