JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A couple has been charged with grand theft retail after police say they went into a local Michaels craft store and stole about $4,100 worth of merchandise on two different occasions.
Leroy Barris, 35, and Elise Powers, 29, were arrested Tuesday, and charged with grand theft - retail - $300-$4,999, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.
The first incident took place at the Michaels at 13740 Beach Boulevard on June 22, 2012. Barris and Powers entered the store around 6:30 p.m. One of the two loaded 400 tubes of paint into a shopping cart while the other stood watch, according to the JSO report.
They then put a cake decorating kit into the cart and left the store. One of them activated the automatic door while one pushed the cart out of the store. In-store surveillance caught this, but there were no cameras in the parking lot. The value of the merchandise was estimated to be $4,100, according to the report.
On Tuesday, Barris and Powers returned to the same Michaels location. On this occasion, Barris was spotted on surveillance camera trying to break into a display that contained expensive spray paints.
Through investigation, police identified Barris and Powers and found that they were a couple. Officers went to their home in the 2500 block of Post Street and they admitted that they had stolen the items, according to police.
They gave the officers other items they had stolen as well, including Holtz Distress Marker Sets and paint brushes, according to the report. Barris opened a U.S. Postal Service package containing nine Liquitex acrylic paint tubes.
As of Thursday afternoon, Barris was still listed as being in the Duval County Jail, while Powers is listed as being released on Wednesday evening.
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