Yancie H. Moseley Jr., the Washington Parish gold dealer who was arrested in November and accused of possession of stolen property, has been rearrested on counts of obstruction of justice and principal to theft of less than $500, jail records show.
Moseley, 73, was booked on Tuesday with the additional counts. According to Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper, police were called to a Bogalusa-area dollar store on Tuesday in reference to a shoplifter. Store workers had locked the door to the store to keep inside the suspected shoplifter, a 26-year old woman named Erica Runfulo.
Before police could arrive, said Culpepper, Moseley unlocked the doors and let the woman out. She then went and hid in his business, which was about a block away.
Moseley is a well known Washington Parish gold dealer whose son ran a similar business with former 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed. Reed’s attorney has said that his client had nothing to do with the elder Moseley’s business.
Moseley was first arrested in November after he was accused of purchasing $40,000 worth of gold for $1,900, failing to properly document the purchase, and then selling the items before the required waiting period had elapsed.
Runfulo has been booked on counts of theft and simple battery, the latter count on an allegation of battering a store employee as she left.
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