Suspect charged with stealing fireworks

Published 11:06am Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An Austin man who allegedly stole more than $10,000 worth of fireworks over the weekend faces two felony charges after police say they found more than 30 boxes of the products in his garage.

Anthony James Adams, 52, was charged Tuesday in Mower County Court with theft and receiving stolen property.

According to the court complaint, the officer watched Adams load many boxes into an SUV on Saturday evening at the Snap Fireworks stand in the Target parking lot. The officer spoke with Adams, and Adams reportedly said he was an employee of the fireworks stand. Regardless, the officer recorded the suspect’s name and vehicle information as a precaution.

According to the court complaint, an employee had to close the stand and leave for an emergency on Friday. The owner of the stand later reported the stolen items and electronics when he went to open the tent on Sunday and noticed a missing key and items. The owner said Adams was not an employee.

Officers went to the suspect’s home where the suspect eventually gave them consent to search his garage. The complaint said police found more than 30 boxes of fireworks buried underneath other items, along with a laptop and scanning equipment worth about $1,300 hidden in a dryer, and a diesel generator worth about $1,500.

The owner identified the stolen items in the evidence room and was able to use the scanner to match them to his inventory. The suspect was arrested and put in the Mower County jail. He has a court appearance scheduled for July 8.

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