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Watertown woman’s jail visit helps close $1,296 shoplift investigation

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department already had identified a city woman in connection with the shoplifting of two computers. All deputies needed was for her to lead them to her alleged accomplice.

Cortney L. Tanner, 19, of 1144 Gill St., unwittingly accomplished that early Monday afternoon when she visited Jeremy L. Flowers, 25, of 642 Bronson St., at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, where he had been jailed since Nov. 14 on a Watertown police weapon charge.

They were charged Monday afternoon with fourth-degree grand larceny and are both jailed. Town of Watertown Justice David A. Renzi set bail for each at $5,000.

Deputies charged the pair in the Nov. 13 theft of two computers selling for a total of $1,296 at the Walmart Supercenter, outer Arsenal Street.

According to court documents, Miss Tanner and another man were detained in the Walmart store Sunday on a new shoplifting allegation, and store personnel recognized her as the woman shown on surveillance video participating in the computers theft. She admitted to the theft and offered to pay for the computers, but gave a false name for the man shown with her in the security video, according to the court documents.

When she visited Mr. Flowers in jail Monday, a deputy compared his likeness to the man shown in the video and concluded Mr. Flowers was the accomplice.

That is the second time this month the couple’s presence at the PSB has resulted in charges. They drove there on Nov. 14 so that Miss Tanner could claim belongings that were taken from her while she was being charged with harassment the previous night. When they left, Mr. Flowers was seen driving. He was halted because he was known to be driving with a suspended license, police said.

Two allegedly shoplifted baseball caps were found in the vehicle at that time, police said, and they were charged with possessing stolen property.

That night, Mr. Flowers was taken into custody on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was found possessing an unloaded rifle during another vehicle stop the previous day, police said, and because he has been convicted of a crime, he cannot legally possess a weapon.

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