An employee of the Ashburn Fire Department was taken into custody over the weekend and charged with theft by taking.
According to a police report, a customer was standing near the water cooler at Publix in Tift County and needed a cart, another customer pushed his own cart towards the man so he could use it, forgetting that his iPad was in the shopping cart.
While looking for the iPad, the manager looked at the store's surveillance video, and saw the man take the shopping cart, see the iPad, and then hide the iPad in the cart. He then left the store with the device.
The man was wearing a shirt that said Ashburn Fire Department; the manager called the department and the captain confirmed it was Ramiro Conde.
Conde was arrested at his home where the device was recovered by the Turner County Sheriff's Office and transported to the Tift County Law Enforcement Center.