What should have been a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration for a couple who had just got engaged turned into a night in prison. Bay City, Missouri resident William J. Cornelius Jr., 25, handed a written letter to the customer service rep at the Bay City Walmart, and asked her to read it over the loud speaker. The note was a marriage proposal.
At about 10:14pm, the Bay County Sheriffs Department responded to the Spencer’s Gift store in the Bay City Mall for a shoplifting complaint involving a man and a woman. According to police reports, the couple shoplifted jewelry and adult toys.
From The Smoking Gun:
According to investigators, Cornelius and Moore (seen above) went from Walmart to a Spencer’s store at the Bay City Mall. There, Cornelius allegedly swiped items with a combined value of $80.93. Included in the haul was a “Bride-To-Be” thong, a $14.99 vibrator, “BJ Blast” oral sex candy, and a $5.99 edible thong, Under-sheriff Troy Cunningham told TSG.
Before the sheriff’s department responded, the couple fled the area. According to court reports, a Spencer’s employee was following the woman, and she was detained. When she was apprehended, deputies found a pair of gold earrings and a silver necklace with a star pendant. She stated that she had nothing to do with what had happened at Spencer’s.
Soon after, the sheriff’s deputies located Mr. Cornelius sleeping in the mall’s food court. When the deputies searched him, they found a watch, an edible pair of panties, and adult toy, adult panties and adult candies, all of which was stolen from Spencer’s. The total value of the items that he stole was $80.93, according to court records.
Mr. Cornelius informed the deputies that he stole the items for his fiance, and that he had just proposed to her at Walmart. Deputies then went over to Walmart and watched the security video of the proposal. They also confirmed that he had purchased the engagement ring at Walmart for $29.62. The footage also showed the woman putting the items that were found on her, in her purse.
When Cornelius was questioned by the deputies, he admitted to stealing the jewelry and the items from Spencer’s because he was feeling brash after recently been giving Tramadol, a narcotic-like pain reliever, during a recent hospital visit.
On January 5th, Cornelius was arraigned on one count of third-degree retail fraud. Cornelius was replaced on personal recognizance. His case is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Friday, January 29th.
According to court documents, Cornelius was on probation at the time of the thefts stemming from a November 2014 charge of ethnic intimidation.
Cornelius’ fiance posted bond on Tuesday morning, before she could go before a judge to be arraigned on any charges.
Featured image via People of Walmart
h/t The Smoking Gun