Mount Dora police tracked down a Leesburg man and his accomplice suspected of stealing merchandise at Target.
Officers were contacted by the store’s loss prevention officer who showed them a security video in which two men, later identified as 33-year-old Robert B. Beck III of Yahala and 38-year-old Jonathon B. Tunstall of Leesburg, in the store on Oct. 21. The video showed them loading into their cart a Jetson hover board valued at $249.99, a Lego Mustang set valued at $169.99 and a Mint cell phone valued at $249.99. The total value of the items was $669.97. The video captured Beck cutting a security cord on the phone and handing it to Tunstall.
In addition, the surveillance showed Tunstall pretending to run a credit card in the self-checkout station and the exiting the store without paying for any of the items. Both men got into the same car and left the area.
Tunstall was known to the detective who was assigned to the case. The detective showed the video to a Mount Dora police crime analyst who recognized Beck. A photo lineup was shown to the loss prevention employee who was able to pick the two men out of the line up.
Tunstall was arrested on Nov. 23 and Beck was caught on Tuesday. Tunstall’s bond was set at $10,000, which he posted. Beck posted $1,000 bond and was released. Both men have previous criminal records.