Man pleads guilty in Target store thefts
The male partner in a two-person team that walked out of Target stores with shopping carts full of TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, pleaded guilty Monday morning to his role in a larceny at a Durham Target.
Steven Kidwell, 27, of Wilson County, pleaded guilty to larceny from a merchant and conspiracy to commit larceny from a merchant after he and his girlfriend, Trudie Moore, stole items from the Target Store near Southpoint mall Feb. 10.
Kidwell and Moore went into the store and removed the “spider wrap” that contains the security devices on a flat screen TV, a DVD and a Blu-ray Player, put the items in a shopping cart and walked out with the items.
They repeated the same crimes at other Target stores in Wake, Wilson and other area counties.
It apparently wasn’t until a security loss agent at the Durham store discovered the spider wrap hidden behind other items in the electronic department that anyone realized the pair was walking out of the stores with hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise in plain view.
The loss prevention officer checked video tapes, and saw Kidwell and Moore stealing the items. The Durham Target store contacted other Target stores in the area, and when they checked their tapes, they saw the couple stealing items from their stores using the same method.
Police could identify the couple, and they were charged in five counties.
Moore previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months to 17 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. She was ordered to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings and pay restitution to the store. She was given credit for 30 days she spent in jail.
Kidwell received a similar plea deal. He pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to eight to 19 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for 24 months.
Kidwell spent 47 days in jail.
They must repay the Target store for the items they took. They also will be facing judges in the other counties where they are charged.