On August 17th, Wal-Mart reported that a man removed a fan out of its box and placed a computer and video surveillance system inside the fax box. The man then paid $31.74 for the fan and failed to pay for the other electronics, valued at $778. After reviewing surveillance video, the male suspect was identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Richard Brown. He had already been trespassed from the store for shoplifting in the past. The police department’s Forensic Specialist also matched Brown’s fingerprints on the empty computer box that Brown left behind in the store.
On August 25th, Sam’s Club reported that they located an empty television box in an aisle. Surveillance video shows a man put the television and other electronics inside a large empty box of Styrofoam cups. The man paid for the cups and failed to pay for the concealed merchandise, which was valued at approximately $700. The suspect was identified as Brown.
On August 26th, Sam’s Club discovered that Brown and Jon Thomas Mitchell, 46, placed approximately $877 worth of electronic items inside empty boxes of cups and paper towels.
On August 27th, police served a search warrant into the residence of Mitchell and Brown in the 2100 block of Lause Lane. Some stolen electronic items, the boxes used to conceal merchandise and drug paraphernalia were found in the home. Detectives learned that some of the stolen merchandise was sold on the “streets” in exchange for heroin.
Brown and Mitchell were arrested for organized retail theft, theft, trafficking in stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear.
They were booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.