Surveillance video helps nab Harmony Farm Market theft suspects

Aug 06, 2018

Surveillance video from the Harmony Farm Market helped officers make two arrests in a theft case at the business over the weekend.

Darwin Murray, one of the market’s owners said the video captured a man and a woman enter the market around 4 p.m. on Saturday. He said the woman distracted employees while the man snuck back into a restricted area where he made off with thousands of dollars.

Another shot on the video shows the pair pretending to look at produce and other items before leaving about 15 minutes later in a blue Ford Escape.

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“We had them from the time they pulled off the road to the time they pulled out,” Murray said. “They had their signals. You start watching the videos and the different cameras. You can see exactly what they’re doing.”

One of the suspects in the theft, Derek Leake-Bey is caught on one of Harmony Farm’s Market’s surveillance cameras. Leake-Bey and another suspect, Johnetta Stokes were arrested in Springfield on Sunday. CONTRIBUTED. Photo: Staff Writer

The Harmony Farm Market has been in business for 27 years. An employee at the market, Mariah Parks, was working on the day of the theft but said with all of the customers, she didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.

“It was packed. It was busy. The weekends here are nuts,” she said.

When she heard what had happened, she was devastated. Any loss is a tough one for a small business.

“I wanted to cry for the owners. I was just so upset,” Parks said.

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Murray’s wife, Mo Murray, shared pictures of the surveillance video to the market’s Facebook page, where they were shared more than 1,000 times.

A comment on the post led the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to find the same vehicle at an apartment complex on E. High Street where the suspects, 53-year-old Derek Leake-Bey and 51-year-old Johnetta Stokes were taken into custody on theft charges accused of stealing $5,000 and a checkbook, according to an incident report.

Murray said he was overwhelmed by the community’s response to the Facebook post.

“Grateful (that) there’s that kind of response to something like that, and it just shows there’s good people in the community,” he said.

Stokes and Leake-Bey are being held in the Clark County Jail.