UNION — A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the shoplifting of approximately $2,100 worth of merchandise from Walmart.
Bruce Karron Middleton, 38, and Adriana Rose Martinez, 32, both of 369 Anderson Ridge Road, Greer, are each charged by the Union Public Safety Department with two counts of shoplifting enhanced.
Public Safety Director Sam White said Friday that Middleton and Martinez were taken into custody Thursday at their home in Greer. White said that due to prior convictions, Middleton and Martinez are charged with shoplifting enhanced which means their cases will go to General Sessions Court instead of Municipal Court. He said that as a result, if convicted, they could face more severe penalties.
White said that Middleton and Martinez have previous theft convictions in Colorado.
Earlier this month, the public safety department released a still from surveillance footage at Walmart and asked for the public’s help in identifying Middleton and Martinez. White said that as a result, his department received information about the identities of the couple in the surveillance footage and that this lead to the arrest of Middleton and Martinez on Thursday.
Middleton and Martinez are charged in connection with shoplifting incidents at Walmart on Aug. 31 and Oct. 29.
In the Aug. 31 incident, Middelton and Martinez are accused of shoplifting three routers, a Bluetooth speaker, Lunar sleeve, Wastebasket, and Nightguard Advanced.
In the Oct. 29 incident, Middleton and Martinez are accused of stealing shampoo, hair conditioner, a deep fryer, five JBL Bluetooth speakers, three external hard drives, two TB Port HDs, a router, and a KNB Org 35.
The stolen merchandise had a combined value of approximately $2,100.
White said Friday that none of the stolen items have been recovered.
Middelton and Martinez were still in the Union County Jail as Friday afternoon.
White said it is his understanding that the Greenville County’s Sheriff’s Office also has warrants for Middleton and Martinez’s arrest stemming from a shoplifting incident there.
In announcing the arrest of Middleton and Martinez, White also thanked the media for its assistance in publicizing the photo that helped lead to the pair’s apprehension.
“The Union Public Safety Department wishes to thank the media outlets that published the photos of the suspected shoplifters at the Walmart in Union. As a result of your help the public safety department was able to identify and arrest the two suspects.”