SHOW LOW – Show Low Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Shawn Roby said in a press release that officers were called to Walmart in Show Low just before 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 after four people tried to rob the store of merchandise at knifepoint.
Samantha J. Davis, 30, of Show Low, Jonathan N. Faust, 32, of Show Low, Tiffany S. Potter, 30, of Show Low, and Joseph J. Scovel, 25, of Show Low, were all arrested and booked into jail on various charges related to the robbery.
Roby said $2,500 in stolen Walmart merchandise was also recovered during the investigation.
“Information was received that a male subject had brandished a knife and threatened store employees as he was pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise out of the store,” Roby said in the press release.
He said officers were told that Davis, Faust and Scovel went into Walmart and loaded two shopping carts with electronics.
Police said Faust decided to abandon one of the carts as they were trying to leave the store when he thought he would get caught while Davis and Scovel kept the other cart and kept going, but were confronted by Walmart employees before they got out.
“When (Scovel) was confronted by store employees he (allegedly) produced a knife and told the employees that he would stab them if they tried to stop him. He then got out of the store and loaded the merchandise into a vehicle where a getaway driver (Potter) was waiting.
Roby said Potter drove away with two of the other suspects in the truck, leaving one the third behind. That third person was immediately detained and questioned by police.
Officers located the getaway vehicle and found Scovel, Faust and Potter nearby and arrested them.
After a preliminary appearance before a judge, Potter was released without bond while Faust was held on a $1,500 bond, Scovel on a $50,000 bond and Davis on a $1,500 bond.
Roby said the SLPD plans on increasing police presence at the store during the holidays.
“Through the holiday season the Show Low Police will be stepping up its presence in and around retail areas in an effort to keep everyone safe in addition to hopefully reducing criminal activity,” he said.