CLINTON — A Clinton man is facing 10 felony charges after officers located 280 stolen XBox games that they say he stole from Family Video.
Melvin C. Johnson, 47, 100 N. Fourth St., Apt. 2, is charged with two counts of first-degree theft, a Class C felony, and eight counts of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. An arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. April 19.
According to the affidavit, at 5:57 a.m. Dec. 15, officers were dispatched to Family Video, 340 Fifth Ave. South, in reference to damage to a window. Officers observed forced entry was made into the business, where a glass window and glass doors were damaged.
Store surveillance video showed a black male entering the store by breaking the glass doors at 1:03 a.m. The video showed the male walk directly to the XBox games behind the counter. The male took multiple games and then exited the store through the broken doors. The video showed the same male entering the store three additional times on the same day and taking additional games. An inventory of the store merchandise indicated approximately 235 XBox games, valued at $14,098, were taken.
The affidavit states that at 6:03 a.m. Dec. 19, officers were dispatched to Family Video in reference to damage to a glass door. Officers on scene observed forced entry was made into the business, where the a glass door was damaged. Contact was made with store management, which was able to provide police with store surveillance footage. The video showed the same male from the previous alleged burglary breaking the interior glass door to gain access.
The video showed the male walking directly to the XBox games behind the counter. The male allegedly took multiple games and exited the store. The same male allegedly entered the store three additional times on the same day and took additional games. An inventory of the store merchandise indicated 219 additional XBox games were taken. The games were valued at $13,138. The video showed the male wearing a camouflage coat with different color sleeves, ear muffs, a hooded sweatshirt with a stripe on the sleeves and white tennis shoes during the burglaries.
The affidavit continues that on Dec. 19 a female told an officer she viewed the store surveillance video that was put out for public view and was able to identify the male as Johnson due to prior contacts. The female was an employee at Shell Gas Station and had observed Johnson inside the store multiple times. A Family Video district manager was able to provide an officer with surveillance footage from 3:20 p.m. Dec. 12, showing Johnson renting several XBox games. Johnson was wearing ear muffs allegedly similar to the ear muffs worn during the burglaries. The footage also showed the tennis shoes worn by Johnson matched the shoes worn during the burglaries.
The affidavit states that on Dec. 21 a search warrant was executed at Johnson’s residence. Several items of clothing were found matching the surveillance footage. The tennis shoes appeared to have glass fragments embedded in the bottom of them. Johnson’s wife, who was at the residence, identified the subject burglarizing Family Video as Johnson. She stated Johnson was wearing pieces of her clothing during the burglaries, including a camouflage jacket with dark sleeves and ear muffs.
She stated Johnson had a bad crack cocaine addition that had become progressively worse. She provided officers with an address she knew Johnson went to buy illegal drugs. The officer went to the residence. The officer was able to retrieve 280 stolen XBox games still in Family Video plastic cases.