Man accused of hiding in Taft store at closing time in February, then stealing jewelry
The Taft man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from Kmart in February has been ordered to stand trial.
Randy Eugene Stark, 46, faces one felony count of commercial burglary.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Stark is accused of hiding in the store when it closed for the night on Feb. 25.
When store employees left, he started placing jewelry in a bag, Taft Police said.
Stark's plan was thwarted when he set off a burglar alarm.
Police entered and searched the store and found him hiding near the the jewelry department.
Several display cases had been pried open and items removed, police said.
Police found several bags with merchandise valued at $11,321 in them.
That was the sale price of the jewelry that had been heavily discounted for the store's going out of business sale.
The actual retail at normal prices would have been much higher, police said.
Stark has been held without bail since his arrest.
In addition to the burglary charge, he several warrants, including a no-bail warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle.