Police Arrest Trio Of “Push Out” Thieves

Occurred Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 11:30am, 6101 Saratoga Boulevard, Theft 1207250074

Three people were arrested Wednesday after they filled a shopping cart full of merchandise at the Wal-Mart on Saratoga and left without paying for the merchandise that was valued at over $1,000.

Wal-Mart employees told Corpus Christi Police two men and a woman filled the cart with merchandise, then loaded the merchandise in a truck and then left the store without having paid for the merchandise. The woman, 18-year-old Brittany Martin (4/1/1994), was left behind by the two men and pointed out to police by the Wal-Mart employees.

Police detained Martin and then noticed the blue 2002 Ford Ranger pickup described by employees as the vehicle used by the thieves had returned to the parking lot. Police officers stopped the truck and detained 41-year-old Robert Martin (12/31/1970) and 37-year-old Justin Toole (11/1/1974) to investigate the theft.

Officers were directed to the merchandise that was stashed behind the Luby’s restaurant and the merchandise was returned to the Wal-Mart. All three suspects were arrested for theft.