August 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM
He was registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and licensed as Yamba Kabia, and lived in an apartment with his girlfriend at Hatfield Village Apartments on Maple Avenue.
But his fingerprints told a different story.
Kabia, police said, was really Leonard Rhodes, 39. The alleged rogue was discovered following an arrest for the alleged theft of the crab legs on Aug. 2 by Hatfield Township Police.
Rhodes is charged with a third-degree misdemeanor charge of false identification to police and summary retail theft, according to court records. He remains at Montgomery County jail on $10,000 bail, per court records. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. before District Judge Kenneth Deatelhauser of Souderton.
At 7:10 p.m., Aug. 2, police responded to the Giant Food Store at 1540 Cowpath Road, for a report of retail theft. There, police spoke to the store security guard, who told them he saw a man leave the store with a shopping cart containing a bag of Alaskan crab legs, totaling $44.38.
The security guard followed the man outside and wrote down his license plate registration, police said. According to Giant policy, the guard could not stop the man, who police allege is Rhodes, because the guard did not see him take it from a store shelf, police said.
Security watched surveillance footage, where it showed Rhodes allegedly taking the crab legs from a shelf, putting them in the cart and walking out of the store, police said.
The registration was traced back to Rhodes’ residence, where police also found the vehicle’s owner, who was Rhodes’ girlfriend, police said. She told police that Rhodes, under the guise of Kabia, had taken her car to get gas and he was now out for a walk, police said.
An officer told the girlfriend about the alleged theft, and she eventually allowed police to search her refrigerator, trash can, and chest freezer for the crab legs, according to the affidavit. The crab legs were found in the chest freezer, still in the Giant store packaging, police said. Police took the alleged stolen items back to the store.
The girlfriend gave police Rhodes’ Pennsylvania driver’s license from his wallet, which was in the name of Kabia, police said.
As police left the apartment, they intercepted Rhodes returning from his walk. Officers asked him about the alleged theft, and Rhodes allegedly admitted to stealing them, police said.
Rhodes was arrested and taken to Towamencin Township Police for processing. At the station, Rhodes identified himself as Kabia and said the address on his license was correct, police said. Rhodes then gave his Social Security number and date of birth, which also matched PennDOT records for Kabia, police said.
However, during processing, a warrant from the Superior Court of Carroll County, Ga. Popped up in the name of Rhodes, police said. The warrant included aliases, dates of birth and Social Security numbers allegedly used by Rhodes, police said. Fingerprint identification would reveal Kabia as Rhodes, police said.