Thursday, April 25, 2013
Last Week Salina police released surveillance video connected to a theft at Sam's Club hoping to get a lead on their suspect. Tuesday that suspect returned to the scene of the crime.
Police arrested 45-year-old Manuel Maldonado of Wichita Tuesday a short distance away from the Sam's Club.
Lt. Scott Siemsen says last Thursday a Sam's Club clerk noticed the cell phone kiosk had been forced open and several phones were missing.
In total police say Maldonado stole four iPhone 4S smartphones, six iPhone 5 smartphones, one Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, and three Samsung Galaxy Note II smarphones. The total loss was more than $10,000.
"When you're talking the iPhone is worth $700 each it doesn't take long to add up,” Lt. Scott Siemsen said.
Siemsen says Maldonado -also stole a black backpack to stash the stolen phones in before he leaves the store.
Police uploaded surveillance video to YouTube and even got a few tips but they didn't need to follow up on them. Tuesday, just six days after the original crime, Lt. Siemsen says Maldonado came back to the store. The employees recognized him immediately and called police.
"Obviously it's very helpful, because they are our eyes and ears too when they're out there all the time. We are asking the clerks to be attentive out there and they were,” Lt. Siemsen said.
Manuel Maldonado was booked into the Salina County Jail Tuesday, he's since been released but faces several charges including felony theft.