Three arrested for allegedly stealing $42K worth of electronics

4 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:53:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in Top Stories
By: Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — Three men were arrested after investigators said the men stole $42,000 worth of electronics from a Moberly Walmart Saturday.

The men got a shopping cart around 2 a.m. with a teal colored laundry basket in the cart. A Moberly police officer stated around 2:30 a.m. surveillance footage shows the men in the hardware aisle picking out a hammer. The men used the hammer to break a locked glass case in the electronics department, according to a probable cause statement.

The officer said footage shows both males begin to fill the laundry basket with the phones. The men left through the fire exit to their car, setting the alarm off. Investigators said it was observed that a dark Dodge Charger sped away from the scene. 

Montgomery County investigators located the Charger crashed and the three males ran on foot, evading arrest. 

Troopers stopped the suspects' car with deployed spike strips on Highway 19. Officials say the car ran off the roadway and three male suspects ran from the vehicle into a corn field. 

One suspect was picked up shortly after, and the other two were taken into custody just before noon. Deputies said the last two suspects were found after a local New Florence business called to report the men were trying to buy T-shirts.

After officials searched the car, they discovered the suspects stole approximately $42,000 worth of Apple watches and iPhones, according to the Walmart Assistant Manager cited in court documents.

According to officials, Davis was convicted of criminal trespass in December 2004 and failure to appear in October 2008. 

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