A Springfield man has been charged with stealing after officers found more than $2,600 worth of alleged stolen items in his hotel room.
Roy Robinson, 50, was charged Monday in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one felony count of stealing items valued at more than $750.
Washington police located Robinson at the American Inn in the 1700 block of East Fifth Street Friday, Dec. 15. An investigation into one theft turned up evidence of multiple stealing incidents, police said.
Police believe there were at least five separate victims of Robinson’s alleged stealing spree. Officers began looking for him after two cellphones were reported stolen from Walmart.
Store officials said a man had broken a display case and had taken two cellphones at around 4 a.m. Friday. Surveillance video showed a man taking the items and driving a silver and blue truck with distinct damage on the right-hand side.
Later Friday, officers found the vehicle with the same damage at the American Inn. Police were able to find out who the truck belonged to and where that person was staying.
Officers said Robinson and a woman were sharing a hotel room. The room was in the woman’s name and she gave police consent to conduct a search of the room.
In addition to finding suspected methamphetamine, police found a bevy of other stolen goods. Some of the items located in the room and vehicle included keys, CDs, baby toys, tools, a stereo and a mini fridge.
Police believe Robinson stole items from Walmart, the Ragged Gypsy Resale Shop and vehicles in the area of The American Inn. It is also believed that all the alleged thefts happened on the same day.
The total estimated value of all the items recovered was $2,629.
Robinson was being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond.