A man was arrested after stealing nearly $400 worth of sex toys and vibrators from an adult novelty store in Elyria, Ohio on Saturday, March 26.
On Saturday morning, law enforcement responded to a panic alarm sent by a Cirilla store in Elyria, a town 30 miles west of Cleveland. Cirilla is an adult entertainment establishment, a chain of 60 stores with outlets across the Midwest.
After police reached the area, officers spotted Joshua Millsap, 28, exiting Cirilla and entering the passenger side of a Ford sedan parked outside. He would have “carried a large knife on his hip”.
Upon seeing him enter the vehicle, law enforcement immediately approached him and confronted the theft suspect. After being confronted by police, Millsap allegedly admitted to stealing $336.93 worth of merchandise from the store, the Smoking Gun reported.
Officers searched his vehicle and recovered a handful of sex toys from the passenger seat of the car. However, a clerk working in the store told officers that several other items were still missing. Millsap then revealed that he cut a slit in his jacket and hid several other adult toys inside his clothes. Officers then checked the jacket and found the remaining missing sex toys, FOX 8 News reported.
Millsap, of LaGrange, was cited for misdemeanor theft in the case. Because Millsap had an outstanding warrant in another jurisdiction, Elyria police turned the suspect over to Ohio State Patrol.
In a similar but unrelated incident, a Palmetto man identified as Craig Pierce, 45, allegedly broke into two Bradenton adult video stores, XTC Adult Superstore located at 1008 Cortez Road on June 10, 2021, and CJ’s Adult Store located at 4949 14th St. W on May 22, 2021, and robbed sex toy and lingerie stores, the Latin Times reported.
According to CCTV surveillance footage obtained from CJ’s Adult Store, Pierce was seen entering the establishment by recklessly breaking a window using a rock in early June 2021. He was seen escaping with a handful of items, including a few pairs of queen size women’s lingerie. and various sex toys in his scooter.
Previously, in May 2021, Pierce broke into XTC Adult Superstore and stole approximately $800 worth of women’s clothing, a black wig and several sex toys.
Deputies reportedly tracked down Pierce after the sheriff’s office released footage of the burglary suspect to the public. Deputies then carried out a search of his home and recovered a handful of items removed from stores.