A couple accused of stealing personal lubricant and fondling each other in front of shoppers at a Hutchinson Walmart have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including lewd and lascivious behavior.
Julian R. Call, 22, and Tina F. Gianakon, 35, are accused of getting a little hot and bothered in front of customers Sunday, witnesses told the police, after allegedly shoplifting more than $100 in merchandise, including a tube of K-Y Jelly personal lubricant, Hutchinson police Capt. Troy Hoover said. A Walmart security guard apparently had been watching the pair open product packages and stash items in Gianakon’s purse when Call suddenly put his hand down the woman’s pants, police said.
The pair appeared in Hutchinson municipal court Friday morning to answer charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, theft and criminal damage to property. Both pleaded not guilty, according to a municipal court clerk.
The alleged theft and sexual behavior occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday as customers browsed store shelves at Walmart, 1905 E. 17th St. Call and Gianakon were “not being secretive at all about this as other shoppers were doing their thing,” Hoover said, referring to the sex act.
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In addition to the lubricant, police say the pair stole DVDs, styling gel, batteries, slippers, eyeliner, Midol-brand pain reliever and men’s socks.
Both were arrested on site. They were booked into Reno County Jail, each on $1,000 bail. Gianakon bonded out of jail Sunday, Hoover said. Call posted bail the next day.
Both are scheduled to appear for pretrial at 7:45 a.m. Aug. 29 in Hutchinson municipal court. Neither had an attorney as of Friday morning, the clerk said.
Call and Gianakon live at the same Hutchinson address, Hoover said.