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District Man Indicted on Enhanced Second-Degree Theft for Theft from Macy’s

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, January 31, Antoine Harvell, 36, of Washington, D.C., was indicted by a grand jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on one count of felony second-degree theft and unlawful entry stemming from events occurring on January 24, 2024, U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Pamela Smith, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced.

            Harvell is to be arraigned on February 15, 2024, at a hearing before a Superior Court judge.

            According to the government’s evidence, on January 24, 2024, Harvell went into Macy’s—having previously been barred from the store—and concealed store merchandise before walking out of the store past all points of sale without paying. Harvell was then arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department.   

            Harvell  has more than two prior theft convictions, though not from the same occasion, and therefore is subject to enhanced penalties for his alleged theft, including a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail for the count of theft for which he is indicted.

            Since September 1, 2023, including the aforementioned case, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has indicted 21 cases involving a felony second-degree theft charge based on a defendant’s two or more prior theft convictions, not from the same occasion.

            This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Connor Mulvey.

            An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty. 



Updated February 9, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-116