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UPDATE: Father, daughter charged with stealing linens

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 12:23pm  |  Updated: June 29, 2012 - 4:57pm
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Stephanie Marie Samples, 27, and her father, John Cicero Sampels Jr., 52, both of Melrose Drive in Martinez, were charged Friday, June 29, 2012, with misdemeanor theft for taking comforters from a laundromat.   Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Stephanie Marie Samples, 27, and her father, John Cicero Sampels Jr., 52, both of Melrose Drive in Martinez, were charged Friday, June 29, 2012, with misdemeanor theft for taking comforters from a laundromat.

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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.

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Little Lamb

Used Bed Linens?

How much is the declared value? Isn't there a value below which the police should not bother with investigating, arresting, indicting, trying and incarcerating?

Isn't this kind of like the lady who reported her Liberty nickel stolen — the nickel with a value of $1 dollar?

Just My Opinion

So, let me get this

So, let me get this straight...this guy is washing his clothes on the 9th, has to leave because he has some type of "medical emergency", and then returns on the 12th...3 DAYS LATER...and thinks he's really going to find his clothes/linen??? Really?? No, I'm not saying it's cool for someone to take his stuff, but is he naive enough to really think someone's going to fold his linen up nice and neat and tuck them in someplace for safekeeping until he returns? Okay, so he comes back and discovers his stuff is missing, so he gets all riled up with the owner and makes the owner pull out the video of the activities of that day INSIDE and OUTSIDE the laundrymat! It's time this man realizes that his stuff is gone and spread over someone else's bed by now. In other words....he REALLY got taken to the cleaners, didn't he??


I hope they're caught

Too bad.



Methinks a "cover up" is in the works!

Just My Opinion

Obviously, someone took the

Obviously, someone took the linen and then got the "sheet" out of there! And as far as the owner, he should've had his "sheet" together in the first place!
(Okay...that's enough of my "sheety" jokes! I mean, I think 3 times is the max for using the same punch-word, isn't it? If not, it should be.)


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