John Timothy Cotton Jr. and Jadreon Marquis Robinson

NEW BRAUNFELS — Police arrested two Houston men early Monday for allegedly stealing 18 iPads at Walmart in New Braunfels, a New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said.

The two men arrested are John Timothy Cotton Jr., 23, and Jadreon Marquis Robinson, 19, NBPD Capt. John McDonald said. He said police charged both with theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000 and took them to Comal County Jail.

A jail spokeswoman said Cotton and Robinson remained in lockup Monday night, Cotton under $15,000 bond and Robinson under $20,000 bond.

McDonald said police were called to Walmart, 1209 S. Interstate 35, about 3:05 a.m. Monday for two suspicious males in the store’s electronics section. Once they arrived, officers learned that the men had left after one of them was caught with, and handed over, seven iPhones belonging to Walmart, McDonald said.

After staff confronted the man and took the phones, he left and went to the parking lot to a waiting sport utility vehicle driven by another man, McDonald said. He did not say which man was caught with the phones and which was in the car.

“Walmart believed they had gotten into the electronics cabinet and stole iPads,” McDonald said. “They believed they had accessed the restricted area.”

Store staff gave police the men’s descriptions and said they believed the two had stolen a gray tote-type container with about 18 iPads inside, McDonald said. He said officers caught up to the SUV, made a traffic stop in the 1300 block of I-35 North and found Cotton driving with Robinson in the passenger seat.

Inside the vehicle, police also found the container carrying 18 iPads, valued at $15,210.90, McDonald said.

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