A Eureka man has been charged with felony stealing after being identified by police on surveillance video.
Matthew C. Skinner, 36, has been charged with one count of felony stealing of items valued at more than $750 in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court. The charges stem from two incidents in Washington this fall.
Skinner is accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of items from the Washington Orscheln Farm & Home. Police said the first incident occurred Oct. 11 just before 6 p.m.
According to the police report, Skinner picked up a crossbow valued at more than $500 and carried it around the store. Police said when a store employee left the register area, Skinner “bolted” to the parking lot and fled the scene.
Skinner allegedly returned to the store Nov. 9 and police said he followed a similar pattern. This time police said he gathered up Carhart jackets and trail cameras. Again, once the register area was clear, police said Skinner ran out of the store and left the area.
The combined total of the items taken during both incidents was $900.90, police said.
Orscheln Farm & Home captured both incidents on surveillance cameras. Officers were able to identify Skinner from past encounters with him, according to the police report.
Washington police put out a wanted alert for Skinner and he was apprehended in Perry County Tuesday, Nov. 28. Charges were formally filed the next day in Franklin County.