Tallahassee couple admits to stealing cigarettes to pay their bills

Tallahassee couple admits to stealing cigarettes to pay their bills
Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 11:22:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - An elderly couple is facing felony charges in Tallahassee after they admitted to police they stole $14,000 worth of cigarettes from a Wal-Mart.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office said that on July 6 they were called by a loss prevention officer about a theft at the Wal-Mart on North Monroe.

The officer told them that while she was going through inventory, she noticed several cartons of cigarettes were missing.

A probable cause document says that around $14,000 worth of cigarettes had been stolen.

When the employee reviewed store footage, she found that an older man and woman had come into the store on June 14 and 16.

The footage revealed that the woman had went behind the counter in the cigarette aisle and took several cartons while the man stood watch. Documents say that it appeared to be the same people stealing in both incidents.

According to documents, the employee was also able to get a license plate from the car the suspects were driving. When deputies ran the tag, they learned it was registered to 75-year-old David Holmes Sr.

When deputies interviewed them on July 17, both David and his wife, 75-year-old Martha Holmes, admitted to the crime, saying that they stole the cigarettes so they could "sell them in order to pay their bills."

David and Martha Holmes are facing two charges of grand theft each. 

Both have served time in the Leon County Jail for prior petit theft charges.