Man left Target store with camera under his hat four times, Knightdale police charge

From staff reportsFebruary 21, 2013 

Chad Michael Joseph


— A Roanoke Rapids resident ran into trouble Wednesday during what Knightdale police charged was his fourth visit to a Target store to get a high-end camera by clipping a security cable and walking out with the camera under his hat.

In arrest warrants, police charged Chad Michael Joseph, 26, of 820 Van Warren Road in Roanoke Rapids was in the Target store at 1000 Shoppes at Midway Drive when security workers saw him cut a cable attaching a Sony NEX F3 camera to a display, put the camera under his hat and leave the store.

Officers were already in the Target working on a different case, police said, and arrested Joseph as soon as security workers alerted them.

Target security had figured out who Joseph was when they looked at security-camera images, trying to figure out how other high-end cameras had disappeared July 31, Aug. 7 and Oct. 3, police explained.

Those times, the warrants say, Joseph used the same technique to take two Nikon cameras and a Canon camera.

All the cameras were valued at $549 to $699, the warrants said.

The charges against Joseph were four felony counts of larceny by defeating an anti-theft device and four misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property.

The cut cables, police told magistrates, were worth $600 each.

Joseph was being held on a $20,000 bond pending a first court appearance on Thursday.

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