Two Jefferson City men have been arrested as accomplices in connection with thefts; Fitbit fitness watches and a doorbell camera were among items taken from the local Target store.
Andrew D. Miller and Joshua M. Reid, both 35, were arrested Saturday and have had their bond set at $5,000 cash each. Each has been charged with a single count of stealing — a class D felony.
Miller's charge stems from alleged thefts between Feb. 4 and Saturday, and Reid's charge for alleged thefts between May 10 and Saturday .
The moment linking the two men's charges was a call for the Jefferson City Police Department to respond to a theft at Target at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
The asset protection manager of the store witnessed on an in-store surveillance camera a "known suspect" — allegedly Miller — take two Fitbit smart watches and a Nest doorbell camera, according to JCPD probable cause statements.
The asset protector was "familiar with this subject because he was the suspect in ten active theft investigations of Fitbit watches and electronics that had also been caught on camera" between Feb. 4 and May 17, according to the probable cause statement for Miller.
The asset protector watched as Miller allegedly left the store without paying for any of the items — worth $609.90 — and got into a waiting vehicle allegedly driven by Reid.
Reid is described in his probable cause statement as having left the store without paying for any items and getting behind the wheel of a waiting vehicle.
Officers located the two men in the vehicle about 20 minutes later in the 2000 block of Missouri Boulevard and took both of them into custody.
Reid allegedly confessed to another theft on May 10 that had a value of $199.95.
He also admitted driving Miller to Target on Saturday. JCPD added Reid currently is "being investigated for eight additional theft cases with a total theft amount of $4,467.41 with his accomplice."
Miller allegedly confessed to committing all 10 of the thefts. He also allegedly admitted to having taking the items stolen Saturday and selling them at a pawn shop — and that "any prior merchandise has already been sold."
JCPD describes the replacement value of the thefts between Feb. 4 and Saturday as $4,467.41.
The men's charges are class D felonies because the value of their alleged thefts was at least $750.