An Omaha man is accused of being a serial shoplifter who stole so much stuff he had to rent a storage unit to stash it all.
From vacuum cleaners to computers to cosmetics, Anthony Q. Perkins stole goods worth thousands of dollars, police say.
According to a search warrant, his targets included Shopko at 3020 S. 84th St., where, on Jan. 30, he took two Dyson vacuum cleaners valued at $650 each, ran out an emergency exit and sped away in a white Buick.
Perkins is charged with four counts of felony shoplifting. He was being held without bail Monday at the Douglas County Jail.
Authorities said Perkins also shoplifted items from a Council Bluffs Shopko and faces charges in Pottawattamie County. He is a suspect in other shoplifting cases throughout the metro area.
Perkins has been convicted of shoplifting at least seven times, according to Nebraska court records. He has served anywhere from 60 days to two years in jail for those crimes.
Shortly after Perkins' arrest this month in Douglas County, a police officer listened to phone calls Perkins made from jail regarding a storage unit he had rented at 8716 L St. According to the search warrant, he said he needed the things inside moved “out of that location ... to make sure nobody would sell the stuff.”
Police searched the storage unit and found a bevy of items that appeared to be stolen goods. In addition to the vacuum cleaners — there were six, according to the warrant — officers discovered an iPad, 11 bottles of cologne, two Harley-Davidson leather jackets, a violin, model cars and a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar.
They also came across several Olay cosmetics products still in their boxes.
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