CLEARWATER — Two brothers are accused of stealing more than $2,200 from their grandfather to buy drugs, authorities said.
Christopher Andrew Meadows, 29, and his brother Charles Lee Meadows, 28, were arrested Tuesday. They were each charged with two counts of grand theft and one count of scheming to defraud.
On Wednesday afternoon, they were each being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
According to arrest reports, the brothers stole a Visa bank card, $200 in cash, $700 in coins and another $30 in Susan B. Anthony coins from their grandfather, a 65-year-old man who was not identified in arrest reports.
Over the course of three days in late August, the two used the bank card to withdraw cash and rack up sales transactions at a local Walmart, which were captured on surveillance videos, the reports state. In all, the brothers got more than $1,300 from the man's bank account, Clearwater police said.
The men were living with their grandfather at his home in the 1300 block of Woodbine Street and "conspired" to steal the property from his bedroom, police said.
The grandfather noticed the money and card missing and reported it, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The brothers left the home after the theft and did not return, Watts said.
The brothers admitted to the theft and told a Clearwater police detective they stole the money to support their drug habits, according to the reports.
Charles Meadows has previous convictions for burglary, felon in possession of a concealed weapon and battery, according to Pinellas court records.
In February, he was accused of leaving his backpack containing drugs and needles in the back seat of his mother's car, next to his 4-year-old child. Court records show he was convicted of possession of cocaine, Alprazolam and drug paraphernalia in that case.
Christopher Meadows has previous convictions on charges of driving under the influence, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of Alprazolam, diazepam and oxycodone, according to court records.