Mother and son charged with theft
A mother has been charged with allegedly assisting her son and another man in allegedly stealing multiple items from Walmart on Eastern Avenue on Saturday.
Betty Kalinowski, 56, and Joshua Kalinowski, 28, and Tommy R. Thompson, Jr., 28, Tuppers Plains, Ohio have all been charged with prior theft offenses at the store and were ordered to stay off of the property. On Saturday, a loss prevention officer with Walmart, contacted the Gallipolis Police Department to inform them the trio were seen inside the store and has left in a silver SUV.
An officer with the GPD executed a traffic stop on the vehicle near the Arby’s exit and identified the Kalinsowskis and Thompson. An infant was also reportedly inside the vehicle. During questioning, Joshua Kalinsowski allegedly told the officer he had stolen a Bluray Player from the store and it was produced from the rear of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly revealed a digital trail camera concealed under the infant’s car seat and numerous items of clothing still bearing Walmart tags in a laundry basket.
The three were taken back to the store, where they were processed and released on a summons to appear in the Gallipolis Municipal Court. Not seized, but later determined to be stolen after viewing video surveillance footage, was a bag of dog food that was visible inside the SUV during the search and a bottle of Coke, which Thompson was reportedly drinking at the time of the traffic stop.
According to the report, video footage allegedly showed Thompson selecting the trail camera, which he removed from a locking peg by force. The camera was later concealed by Joshua Kalinsowski. Thompson was also allegedly observed selecting the bottle of Coke. Joshua Kalinsowski was allegedly observed selecting the Blu-ray player, which was allegedly concealed by his mother, Betty Kalinsowski, inside a Walmart bag. Joshua Kalinowski also was allegedly observed leaving the store with the bag of dogfood. Betty Kalinsowski was observed entering the women’s bathroom and later exiting. The packaging for the trail camera was found discarded inside that bathroom by a store employee. In addition, Betty Kalinowski was allegedly observed making “furtive movements” over the top of her purse after leaving the clothing area.
According to Gallipolis Municipal Court records, a warrant was issued for Joshua Kalinowski’s arrest on Monday when he failed to appear for a court pretrial on the earlier theft case which was filed on June 10, 2013. He was charged with first degree misdemeanor theft and criminal trespassing in connection with Saturday’s incident.
Betty Kalinowski was also charged with first degree misdemeanor theft and criminal trespassing and has an open theft case that was also filed on June 10, 2013, when she was ordered to stay off of Walmart property.
Thompson Jr., who pleaded guilty in June to theft and was ordered to stay off of Walmart property. Information on if any charges were filed against Thompson was not available at press time.