Alleged tablet thief caught, arrested

WASHINGTON CITY – A St. George man was arrested Wednesday for theft and criminal mischief after allegedly stealing and attempting to steal merchandise from the electronics department at the Washington Wal-Mart, located at 625 W. Telegraph Road, on several different occasions.

Timothy Cleveland Griffith, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Timothy Cleveland Griffith, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Timothy Cleveland Griffith, 31, reportedly stole tablets, valuing over $500 each, and tablet accessories from the store, Washington City Police Officer Ryan Ericksen said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

“On one incident (Griffith) was observed by Loss Prevention concealing a tablet in his waistband,” Ericksen said. “He was later located in the store via surveillance taking two tablets.”

Griffith was also located on another occasion, via surveillance, taking another tablet and memory card.

“On this same incident (Griffith) was observed cutting a display lock on another item of merchandise to remove it from the display,” Ericksen wrote in the statment. “(Griffith) ended up not taking the merchandise but the security device was damaged.”

On the last reported incident, the man was, again, observed via surveillance attempting to take two tablets from the store display. In attempts to remove the tablets from the display security device, the tablets were damaged and broken.

“He did not successfully take the tables on this occasion,” Ericksen said, “but did leave with a cover for a tablet.”

On Tuesday, Loss Prevention was able to identify Griffith from a photo lineup. Griffith was located and arrested. Griffith admitted to the thefts, Ericksen said.

Griffith was charged with three class A misdemeanors for criminal mischief and retail theft valuing $500-$1,500; and two class B misdemeanors for criminal mischief and retail theft under $500.

Griffith was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility. His bail stands at $7,210, and according to booking information, he has been released from custody.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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1 Comment

  • Koolaid September 29, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Now that’s a change. Up til now, the only tablet theft you heard about were people stealing prescription medications and counter drugs.

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