Two arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise from Carbondale Best Buy

CARBONDALE, IL — Two people were arrested after they allegedly stole merchandise from a Carbondale store and pointed a gun at a person.

Around 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, Best Buy employees saw 19-year-old Destinee Johns and 20-year-old Lemont PD Brinson, both of Marion, hide over $200 of merchandise and leave the store.

Employees confronted the two, who then drove away in their car.

About an hour later, a person called police near Dollar General at Giant City Road and East Walnut saying a person had just pointed a handgun at them. The caller’s description of the car and suspect were the same as the one reported by Best Buy employees.

Officers found the car within minutes at East Walnut and Giant City Road. Johns and Brinson were taken into custody.

A baby was also found in the car, along with a handgun, stolen merchandise from Best Buy, and narcotics.

Brinson was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, endangering the life/health of a child, felony retail theft, and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Johns was charged with retail theft and endangering the life/health of a child. She posted bond and was released.

The baby was released to family. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200 or Crime Stopper at (618) 549-COPS (2677).