Family of three accused of returning stolen items for grocery money

Family of three arrested for grand theft
Posted at 3:25 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 15:25:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man and his elderly parents have been arrested after a failed scheme to steal from a CVS Pharmacy.  

David Holmes Sr., 75, David Holmes Jr., 39, and Martha Holmes, 74, were all arrested early Tuesday morning.

Police were called to the CVS on West Tennessee Street by a manager who told them that he saw the theft via an in-store camera.

The manager said it started when he saw an elderly man, later identified as David Holmes Sr., standing at the counter returning items. The manager said he had a "bad feeling" that the items were stolen and went to check the surveillance video.

The video showed a younger man, later identified by police as David Holmes Jr., who walked into a store and took three items off a shelf. An older woman, Martha Holmes, came in the store shortly after and walked near Holmes Jr.

Holmes Jr. then placed the items into Martha's bag, walked to the front of the store to grab a shopping cart, and began shopping. Martha then walked out of the store and got inside of a white car.

A few minutes later, Holmes Sr. got of the car Martha was in and walked into the store. That's when he went to illegally return the stolen items. 

The manager says Holmes Sr. was given a CVS money card worth just under $50 for the returned items. After receiving the card, Holmes Sr. walked over to Holmes Jr. and gave him the money card to pay for groceries. 

Police were able to confirm the manager's statements via the surveillance video and went to speak with the Holmes family who were all sitting inside the white car outside the store. 

Holmes Sr. and Martha both admitted to the crimes, saying that their actions were part of the plan they had worked out earlier. Holmes Sr. even admitted the three had done this before. 

All three were arrested for petit theft and remain in jail, each on a $1,000 bond. 

Police say both Holmes Sr. and Holmes Jr. have had eight prior convictions for theft. Martha has had seven. All three were also on probation at the time of their arrest. 

We reported on Holmes Sr. and Martha back in July 21, when they were accused of stealing $14,000 worth of cigarettes from a Wal-Mart. You can see the full story here