Three Men Arrested, Charged with Stealing $20k in Electronics

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Three Bryan men were arrested Sunday after admitting to police they were stealing electronics from Wal-Mart.

According to police records, 20-year-olds Jacoby Woodard, Damien Parhams and Kelvin Caldwell, along with 18-year-old Juliah Henson, all told investigators that, over the course of 4 months they took over $20,000 in merchandise.

In January, a Wal-Mart manager was told by a customer that they had seen a TV being dropped outside from the end of one of the delivery trucks. When the manager called a meeting of all the unloading crew, one person, Woodard, was missing. Woodard never returned to work.

Investigators spoke with Parhams, Caldwell and Henson, all members of the unloading crew. Parhams admitted to stealing at least seven Mircosoft XBOX 360's, four Sony Playstation 3's (PS3), five Nintendo Wii's, two Laptop computers, twenty iPod Touch's and two TV's.

Caldwell admitted that he stole things like iPods, GPS's, PS3's, XBOX's, Wii's, Nintendo 3DS's, and laptops. Caldwell also told police that Woodard would use his car, but never got any of the merchandise.

Henson said he helped take a stereo once.

In February, investigators met with a Wal-Mart Asset Protection manager who had been conducting an internal investigation into the thefts. Wal-Mart couldn't provide an exact list of the items taken, but did provide video and a log of actions.

Most of the videos show Woodard doing most of the stealing. The video shows them all helping at different times, placing items out the back door, but it is not clear enough to show rhat the exact merchandise is, except in the case of a TV.

Woodard is charged with stealing seven Mircosoft XBOX 360's, four Sony Playstation 3's, five Nintendo Wii's, two Laptop computers, 20 iPod Touch's and two TV's.

Parhams and Caldwell are out on bond. Woodard is still in the Brazos County Jail under $10,000 bond.

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