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Date and Time of Release: 1 Oct. 2012

Date and Time of Incident: 24 & 25 Sept. 2012

Subject: Burglary Arrest.
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24 Sept. 2012, around 10:00 pm, a male subject who was acting very suspicious entered Wal-Mart. The subject ran through the store and was ducking and attempting to hide from security cameras. The male subject loaded up over $2,000 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart and back packs.

He then exited the store without paying for the merchandise, which activated security alarms. Store employees contacted the subject in the parking lot, as he was loading the stolen merchandise into a vehicle. Employees asked the subject for a receipt for the items he was loading into the vehicle. The subject refused to show them a receipt.

The employees then told the subject they were going to call the police department. The subject responded by saying, go ahead they know where to find me. After loading the items into the vehicle, the subject drove off, but the employees didn’t call the police department.

The next morning, the same subject returned to Wal-Mart. Once again, the subject filled a shopping cart and backpacks full of merchandise. Once again, he exited the store without paying for approx. $2,000 in merchandise. Again, the incident was not immediately reported to the police department, but both thefts were captured on the stores surveillance system.

Once the police department was contacted, the subject was identified from surveillance videos as Jason Gill, 24, who had recently moved here from the bay area. Officers responded to the residence where Gill was staying, but learned he had gone back to the bay area. However, some of the stolen property was recovered from inside the residence.

Family members contacted Gill and advised him that the police department was looking for him in connection with the thefts. On 29 Sept. 12, Gill surrendered himself to the Sonora Police Department. He also returned some of the stolen property. Approx. $2,000 of property was recovered from the residence and returned by Gill. Another $2,000 in property was damaged while Gill was attempting to steal it from the business and another $2,000 is still outstanding.

Gill was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony burglary, felony grand theft, felony vandalism, felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.