JUNEAU – A 41-year-old Beaver Dam man is facing felony charges after allegedly taking a pair of shoes from ShopKo, then losing the shoes while fleeing from police.
Scott A. Meyer, 815 Madison St., made his initial appearance Friday on two counts of felony bail jumping and one count each of misdemeanor obstructing an officer and misdemeanor retail theft – intentionally taking less than $500.
If convicted, he faces up to 13-and-a-half years of confinement.
Court Commissioner Steven Seim set a $5,000 cash bail with the condition that Meyer not go onto the premises of the Beaver Dam ShopKo.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam officers were called to ShopKo at 1:34 p.m. on April 18 for a retail theft in process. Officers in the area responded and saw Meyer running out of the front doors, headed south. Officers pursued Meyers, who attempted to run toward McDonalds and across Park Avenue. Another officer pulled into the area, and Meyer attempted to run around the officer’s car, but then went to the ground.
The complaint states that Meyer was talking on a cell phone when he was arrested and officers had to forcefully remove the cell phone from his hand after ordering him several times to drop it. Officers also noted that he was wearing only socks when he was taken into custody. They were unsure if he had run out of the shoes while fleeing.
According to the complaint, the ShopKo Loss Prevention supervisor provided an incident report, stating that Meyer had gone into the store and put on a pair of new Adidas shoes before placing his shoes in the box and replacing the box. He then attempted to walk out of the store, where the supervisor attempted to stop him. The value of the shoes was $44.88.
Meyer was on bail for an open case from 2012, where he was charged with escaping while on extended supervision.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2.