RALEIGH — A security officer from the Belk department store at Triangle Town Center repeatedly sent text messages telling a woman that having sex with him was her only hope of avoiding prosecution on a charge of shoplifting from the store, police said.
Modou Thomas, 37, of 4916 Coolridge Court in Raleigh was arrested late Thursday and charged with extortion.
According to an arrest warrant, Thomas was texting the 23-year-old woman, who is accused of misdemeanor larceny, between Feb. 15 and Wednesday.
An arrest report said he is a loss-prevention officer at the store.
He was trying, the warrant charged, to “obtain sexual intercourse by texting the victim repeatedly, tell her that she would only be able to avoid prosecution in a pending shoplifting case by having sex with him.”
The woman is next due in court March 12.
Detectives did not close the case after Thomas’ arrest, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Friday.
They asked that anyone who believes he or she knows about events like the one with which Thomas is charged call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.
CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.
Thomas was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail Friday pending a first court appearance.