Man steals $2,400 in cash, $190 in lottery tickets
A Palmerton man has been charged with stealing $2,400 worth of cash and $190 in lottery tickets from a borough store over a two-day spree.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Trevor Flexer of the Palmerton Borough Police Department in the case against Michael Floyd:
At 11:17 a.m. Sept. 7, the Love Food Mart on Mauch Chunk Road reported they were robbed and wanted police to come to the store.
The owner showed Flexer video footage from a theft that happened on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6.
On Sept. 5, Floyd, 36, wearing a neon green tank top, red shorts, and black flip-flops entered the store.
Floyd walked around the store a bit until the worker behind the counter left the counter area, at which time Floyd went behind the counter, ducked down, goes in the cash drawer and removes some lottery tickets.
The owner said that on this day, Floyd took $1,900 in cash, six $20 lottery tickets, and five $10 lottery tickets.
On Sept. 6, Floyd again entered the store, and can be seen wearing a gray plaid shirt, long gray pants, and black shoes.
He went behind the counter and crouched down, then went to the cash drawer and took money, then took a single lottery ticket.
The owner said Floyd took $500 in cash and one $20 lottery ticket.
The owner then showed Flexer a video from the parking lot were Floyd arrives at the store and exits a white Subaru station wagon with a female.
On Sept. 8, borough police Chief Randy Smith saw Floyd driving the care in the video park in front of a home in the 800 block of Edgemont Avenue.
Later on in his shift, Flexer went to the address, but could not make contact with anyone. He then went to another property nearby and made contact with a female who said that the vehicle belongs to Floyd, who lives in her basement.
A few minutes later, Floyd came out of the basement wearing the same red shorts as one of the day’s of the theft.
Flexer told Floyd that he needed to speak with him, but that at that point he was not under arrest.
Floyd agreed to come to the borough police station, at which time he was read his Miranda Rights, to which he waived and agreed to speak with Flexer.
Flexer advised Floyd of the video footage he obtained, and Floyd said that he did go to the Love Food Mart on two days, and that he did take cash and some lottery tickets.
Floyd faces charges of theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.
He was incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $40,000 monetary bail.