When looking for a job, it’s not wise to burglarize a business that has something to offer.
Claiming he was out of work for the past five years and couldn’t find a job, David Bradford Pike, 26, of Stockton failed to ask for a job application at the Manteca Target store before allegedly stealing items from the shelves Monday morning.
Loss prevention officers at the scene confirmed that the store is actually taking applications for workers during the holiday season. He could possibly have gone to work for them instead of being driven off to county jail.
Pike and Kimberly Pipo Taliana, 24, had been observed in the store for nearly an hour spending most of their time browsing in the electronics section of the building. The loss prevention officers failed to detain the pair when they walked out the front door going toward their car in the parking lot saying they had a pair of scissors.
Manteca Police said the scissors had been used to cut tags off of store merchandise.
Pike was charged with store burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime and with possession of stolen property. Taliana had the same charges in addition to possession and transportation of methamphetamine for sale and with the possession of a glass crack pipe.
When the police dispatcher put out the call that the pair was leaving the store with merchandise, there were no patrol cars in the area. Detective Steve Harris, however, was driving down Yosemite Avenue at the time, and hearing the call, turned into the Target parking lot just in time to drop behind a 1980 Chevy Blazer. Harris said he followed the couple in his unmarked car into a parking stall outside the Food 4 Less grocery store across the street from Target.
He said the driver had taken off his coat and threw it into the back seat along with other items he believed to have possibly been taken from the store. Harris said he was just in the right place at the right time and was soon joined by a patrol officer for a double arrest.
Taliana was taken to San Joaquin County Jail where she was charged with five felonies and one misdemeanor. The felonies were for possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance for sale, conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary and receiving known stolen property. The possession of the drug pipe paraphernalia was the misdemeanor. Her bail was set at $113,000.
Pike was also transported to county jail and charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary and possession of known stolen property. He was also charged with driving while his license was suspended.