A couple has been arrested on theft charges for allegedly rolling a shopping cart loaded with clothing out of the Kohl’s store.

Anderson police arrested David R. Matteson and Connie L. Matteson, both 45, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kohl’s parking lot, on a Class D felony charge of theft. If convicted they face up to a three-year prison sentence.

During his Friday video court appearance, Criminal Magistrate Stephen Clase told David Matteson that his bond was being set at $10,000 full cash because of his prior criminal history and is considered a flight risk.

“You are a danger to the community,” Clase said.

Connie Matteson is also being detained at the Madison County jail on a full cash bond of $10,000.

Both claimed to now reside at 332 W. 11th St., Anderson.

Anderson Police Department Detective Keith Copeland said in a probable cause affidavit that he first noticed a car parked in the fire lane at the Wal-Mart store. He followed them to the Kohl’s store, 4544 Scatterfield Road.

Copeland followed the Mattesons into the store and observed Connie Matteson putting items in a cart and was allegedly watching to see if she was observed, according to court records. David Matteson was reportedly in the men’s clothing section.

Store security was contacted by Copeland and watched the couple through closed-circuit cameras. David Matteson purchased an item and then the couple reportedly left with the shopping cart full of clothing items.

Police then followed them to a car where Connie Matteson was reportedly throwing items into the back seat. David Matteson was stopped before getting to the car and allegedly had large bulges on both sides of his trousers near his waist.

David Matteson reportedly admitted to police that he was shoplifting. Inside the car police found approximately $1,000 in merchandise that included an audio player, razors, electronic puzzles, hair trimmers and cosmetics. The clothing items had a value of $995.

David Matteson is awaiting trial in Delaware County on several misdemeanor charges and Connie Matteson has a pending conversion charge in Delaware County.

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