A Maryville man is being investigated in connection with a string of Knoxville area shopliftings after his arrest Monday at Target.

Daniel Jay Kidd, 27, Lincoln Road, was spotted by store personnel walking into the Maryville location at 800 Watkins Road around 3 p.m. with a 29-year-old Alcoa resident, Dallas Cory Reed Hill.

Kidd later told police he became nervous when he thought he was being watched and then he left the store.

A manager called police after watching Hill walk around the store while talking on his cellphone.

Two officers and a loss prevention specialist stopped Hill, who was found in possession of a Nest outdoor camera, valued at $150, and a pocket knife.

Hill reportedly spontaneously told police he knew why they wanted to talk to him and that Kidd had called him and asked him to “pick up a camera” because he knew someone who would buy it.

Kidd also called Hill to warn him police were on the scene, according to reports, before an officer stopped his orange 2007 Chevrolet HHR at the 129 Bypass and Foch Street intersection.

The loss prevention manager told police that Kidd’s vehicle was suspected of being involved in other shoplifting cases at Targets around Knoxville.

Hill, of Boyle Street, was cited and released at the scene.

Both were banned from trespassing at Target.

Kidd also was found to be wanted in Blount County for violation of probation and in Knox County for shoplifting and a drug possession charge.

He remained in the Blount County Detention Facility on Wednesday in lieu of bond on the contempt charge pending a 9 a.m. hearing July 19 in Blount County General Sessions Court; bonds were set at $2,425 for the other charges.

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