Timothy S. Gessel
A Johnson City man already under investigation for a baby formula theft in December was arrested Tuesday on an additional charge involving more than $1,200 worth of the infant mixture, according to police reports and court documents.
Police also said in a news release that the man was selling the stolen formula to area children’s consignment shops.
Timothy S. Gessel, 28, 512 Swadley Road, Apt. 76, was charged with theft of property over $1,000 and shoplifting, police said.
According to court records, Gessel went into area grocery stores, concealed large amounts of infant formula and later sold the formula at various children’s consignment shops.
The alleged shoplifting in December occurred at Target and Gessel was issued a misdemeanor citation after police matched him to video surveillance footage from the store. The other case involves seven separate incidents at two Kroger locations — 112 Sunset Drive and 1805 W. State of Franklin Road. Gessel was also caught on video in those thefts as well, according to police.
He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond and arraigned on the charges in Sessions Court on Wednesday. He will have another court appearance next week.
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