Columbia County authorities arrested an Augusta couple accused of buying stolen items on Tuesday.
James Melvin Reid Sr., 68, and his wife, Mary Louise Reid, 71, of Wicklow Drive, were charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
Information from an informant led to the arrest at West Town shopping center in Martinez. Columbia County sheriff’s investigators set up surveillance to observe a transaction in the parking lot at about 2:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s Major Rick Whitaker.
A woman got into the Reids’ Ford truck with $2,100 worth of various items including a large amount of Mach 3 razors, Whitaker said. The woman got out of the truck with $200 cash from the Reids.
“A reasonable person knows the items were worth a lot more, but gave her ($200),” Whitaker said. “That shows their intent, that they knew they were buying items that cost a lot more.”
Investigators seized $7,147.61 in cash from the Reids as well as their 2013 Ford F-150.
Mary Reid was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Tuesday after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jailers. James Reid was released Wednesday after posting the same bond amount, according to jailers.