Two brothers accused of stealing large amounts of liquor from stores throughout the region have been charged in Franklin County, authorities said.
Nicholas R. Salisbury, 29, and Jeffrey R. Salisbury, 27, both of Pacific, were charged this week with second-degree burglary and stealing, both felonies, in a Nov. 20 incident at the Washington Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
They were being held on $10,000 cash-only bonds as the investigation continues.
Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said the two allegedly made multiple trips into the Wal-Mart store and each time carried out several bottles of alcohol hidden in their pants and coats.
Following the Nov. 20 incident, the store reported missing $1,577.23 worth of liquor, Sitzes said.
Authorities issued burglary charges because the suspects previously had been banned from the store because of alleged prior shoplifting thefts, the detective said.
Several days before the Nov. 20 incident, one of the suspects was caught attempting to steal two laptop computers from the Wal-Mart store, Sitzes said.
Sitzes said the Salisburys also are under investigation for similar liquor thefts from Wal-Mart and Schnucks stores in Union, Eureka, Ellisville and Des Peres.
The two also are suspected of additional liquor thefts from the Wal-Mart and Schnucks stores in Washington, according to Sitzes.
Nicholas Salisbury also is being held on a fugitive warrant from the state of Florida for violating his probation.
He currently is on probation in Franklin County in a 2012 felony vehicle tampering case and a felony stealing case.
Nicholas Salisbury also has prior felony convictions from Franklin County for felony stealing and resisting arrest in a 2006 case, according to online court documents.