A Wichita, Kansas man involved in a scheme to steal and sell calculators will spend time in federal prison. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Jacob Nelson and his brother stole scientific calculators at Walmart stores in several states with plans to sell them in New York City.
Nelson and his brother Caleb were arrested after stealing $1,300 worth of calculators from the Maquoketa Walmart. Police found several hundred more of the devices in their car. Jacob Nelson admitted in his plea that on August 13, 2013, he and a co-conspirator drove from Wisconsin into Iowa in possession of over 200 stolen scientific calculators valued at more than $26,000.
Nelson pled guilty to conspiracy to transport goods in interstate commerce and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $164,000 in restitution. His brother Caleb will be sentenced at a later date.