By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested for his involvement in several alleged Walmart thefts.
Tony Van Fountain, 25, 1829 Cambridge Drive, Warsaw; and Chad Allen Justice, 38, 340 E. Levi Lee Road 185, Warsaw; are charged with three counts of theft, all class A misdemeanors; and three counts of sentence enhancement theft, all level 6 felonies.
Amanda J. Justice, 36, 340 E. Levi Lee Road 185, Warsaw, is charged with theft, a class A misdemeanor.
Warrants are currently out for both Amanda and Chad’s arrests.
On Feb. 22, a Warsaw Police officer went to Walmart regarding a report of three possible shoplifters. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a store employee who said she had followed the three suspects on previous days and believed they were stealing.
The suspects were identified as the Justices and Fountain.
On Feb. 27, the officer obtained videos and receipts showing that thefts occurred on Feb. 17, Feb. 21, and Feb. 22.
In the incident on Feb. 17, an empty trail camera box was found near one of the store’s restrooms. According to court documents, the employee watched video footage showing Chad and Fountain selecting items and placing them in Amanda’s cart. Amanda is then later shown concealing items in her purse.
After selecting and concealing several items, Amanda does not pay for the merchandise in her purse; Fountain and Chad pay for some merchandise but then pass all points of pay without paying for merchandise concealed in Chad’s coat.
In an incident on Feb. 21, two empty Nintendo Switch video game controllers were found in the store’s restroom. The employee reviewed video footage and saw the Justices and Fountain enter the store. While in the store, Fountain entered the electronics department and selected a PlayStation4 camera and two Nintendo Switch controllers. Fountain removed a security device from the camera and had Amanda conceal the camera and video game controllers in her purse. All passed points of pay without paying for the merchandise.
In the Feb. 22 incident, all three suspects once again entered Walmart and stole a gaming mouse. In that incident, an officer confronted the three suspects and trespassed them from the property.
Fountain has a prior conviction for conversion and was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail for the February thefts on Sept. 16.