Suspects accused of selling stolen merchandise online
Two arrests were made Tuesday and additional arrests may follow after products valued at more than $1,800 were stolen from Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store.
Jason Salyers and Andrea Charette of Fairfield were arrested Tuesday on charges of fifth-degree theft at the store. Both suspects were later also charged with second-degree theft.
Hy-Vee management contacted the Fairfield Police Department June 20 and reported products missing from their Health Market and stated that employees from Maharishi Ayurveda Products International (MAPI) had notified Hy-Vee that possible suspects were selling the stolen products on-line.
Law enforcement officials reviewed surveillance footage from Hy-Vee and established Salyers and Charette as suspects. Tuesday, police confirmed that the pair did have the stolen items for sale on-line and warrants for their arrests were issued. When Hy-Vee employees saw Salyers and Charette enter the store later that day, authorities were again contacted and the arrests were made at the store.
After the arrests, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant on the suspects’ home at 57 N. Court St., Apt. 206. A large amount of MAPI products as well as a large quantity of other products were recovered in the search.
According to a press release issued by the Jefferson County Attorney’s office, the investigation is ongoing.
Other victims have been identified and more charges may be filed as the investigation unfolds.
Hy-Vee management said they are allowing the police to handle the investigation. They had no further comment at this time.
In Iowa, second-degree theft is defined as the theft of property exceeding $1,000 but not exceeding $10,000 in value. It is a class D felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison. Fifth-degree theft is defined as the theft of property not exceeding $200 in value. It is a simple misdemeanor.