Two teenagers arrested in connection with multiple thefts

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 6:29 p.m. CDT; updated 7:43 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — Two Columbia teenagers were arrested Tuesday in connection with several thefts in the past two weeks, including one at the Columbia Public Library.

Derek David, 18, and Robert Worthington, 17, were arrested after being detained by an off-duty police officer on Monday at the library. The two were then transported to the Columbia Police Department and were arrested on Tuesday for multiple crimes.

The off-duty police officer recognized the suspects after looking at library surveillance video last week, Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Police linked the pair to three thefts, though it wasn't clear Wednesday if two of the items were recovered, and Stroer was not available to elaborate on the investigation. The thefts include aApple iPad stolen from the library on March 29, an iPhone stolen from Joe Machens Mercedesdealership at 1710 I-70 Drive S.W. on April 6 and a laptop stolen from a home on William Street on April 7. One of the suspects later resold the iPhone at a kiosk at Columbia Mall, Stroer said.

Stroer said one of the suspects stole a library staff card to get into the locked staff area in the library.

David was arrested for two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of felony stealing, first-degree trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $19,000.

Worthington was arrested for second-degree burglary and felony stealing. His bond was set at $9,000.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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