A New Lisbon couple are accused of stealing multiple TVs and electronics from the Kmart store in Waupaca.
Matthew J. Spencer, 35, and Cassandra C. Thompson, 33, are each charged in Waupaca County with one felony count of retail theft and one felony count of attempted retail theft.
According to the criminal complaint, Kmart’s asset protection manager told Waupaca police he saw a man load two TVs and a sound bar into a shopping cart, then exit the store through the garden center on the west side of the building on Aug. 13.
The man returned, selected another TV and allegedly left through the garden center without paying.
When the man returned to the store a third time, the manager saw him with a woman who had a shopping cart full of merchandise. The manager began following them. He said they headed toward the garden center exit, but the woman appeared nervous and left the store.
The man took the cart to the checkout line, then told the cashier he forgot his wallet. He left the store without taking the shopping cart, the complaint says.
There was approximately $1,900 worth of merchandise in the cart, as well as a purse which apparently belonged to Cassandra Thompson.
The manager followed the man, later identified as Spencer from the store’s surveillance video, out to the parking lot. There he saw Spencer enter a purple van.
Waupaca police subsequently questioned Thompson about the incident and referred charges to the district attorney’s office.
On March 23, Spencer was charged with misdemeanor theft in Juneau County. He pleaded guilty on June 23 and was placed on one year of probation.
On April 12, Spencer was charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and misdemeanor bail jumping in Monroe County. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he wear a GPS monitoring device and comply with a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.
On June 29, Spencer was charged with felony retail theft, misdemeanor retail theft and two counts of felony bail jumping. He was released after posting a $500 cash bond on July 11.
On Sept. 27, Waupaca County Judge Philip Kirk issued a warrant for Thompson’s arrest after she failed to make a scheduled court appearance.