A Martinez father and daughter wanted for recently stealing bed linens from a laundromat turned themselves in to authorities Friday.
John Cicero Samples Jr., 52, and Stephanie Marie Samples, 27, both of Melrose Drive, were charged with misdemeanor theft, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
A Martinez man said he was washing two comforters and a blanket at the Vaughn Square Laundromat on Vaughn Road at about 11:20 a.m. on June 9. The 47-year-old man said he had a medical emergency and was taken to a hospital and left the items in a washing machine, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The man said he returned to get his linens on June 12 and couldn’t find them, according to the report.
The laundromat owner reviewed video surveillance footage of the day the man washed his items and saw that two people, later identified as the Samples, stole them. The video showed them come into the laundromat at about 4 p.m.
The video showed the pair remove the man’s comforters and blanket from a washing machine and put the items in with their own laundry, according to the report. The man then took the items to a green Ford Mustang convertible with a tan top and the couple left in the car.
John and Stephanie Samples were released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday afternoon after each posted an $1,100 bond, according to jailers.