The Ottumwa Courier

June 27, 2013

Two arrested in Fairfield Hy-Vee thefts


Ottumwa Courier

---- — FAIRFIELD — Two suspects have been charged for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 worth of products from Fairfield Hy-Vee.

On Tuesday, Jason Salyers, 23, and Andrea Charette, 26, were charged at Hy-Vee in Fairfield on warrants issued for fifth-degree theft. The thefts had been reported to the Fairfield Police Department on June 20.

On Monday, Hy-Vee management contacted the FPD and stated that MAPI (Maharishi Ayurveda Products International) products were missing. MAPI had contacted Hy-Vee, stating that the possible suspects were selling the missing items online.

Based upon video surveillance footage from the store, Salyers and Charette were determined to be suspects. It was confirmed on Tuesday morning that the suspects still had the products advertised online for sale. Warrants were then issued, and they were arrested when Hy-Vee staff notified the FPD that they were in the store.

A search warrant was then conducted at the suspects' residence, and the missing MAPI products, as well as a large quantity of other products, were recovered. At this time, the total value of products taken from Hy-Vee has been determined to be more than $1,800. Based upon the additional items recovered, the suspects were charged with second-degree theft, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The investigation is ongoing and other victims have been identified, but charges have not been filed.

Salyers and Charette are both being held in Jefferson County Jail, each on $5,000 bond.