Tattoo helps identify suspect in lingerie store break-in in Davenport

2013-02-23T18:18:00Z 2013-02-23T18:48:00Z Tattoo helps identify suspect in lingerie store break-in in DavenportBy THOMAS GEYER, Courier Lee News Service Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DAVENPORT, Iowa --- A man accused of breaking into a Davenport lingerie store should have kept his clothes on and his tattoos covered as Davenport police said they had little trouble identifying him.

Jose Angel Perales Jr., 24, of 609 Adams St., Muscatine, is charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree theft in connection with the burglary of Dr. John’s Lingerie Boutique, 4158 N. Brady St., the morning of Feb. 17.

Perales was arrested Friday. He was released from the Scott County Jail after posting bond.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport police, investigators viewing surveillance video saw a man enter the southeast door of the business about 4:10 a.m. The affidavit states the door was left unlocked.

According to the affidavit, the man walked around the store and shopped before going into the manager’s office.

When the man walked out of the office, he was naked, and the surveillance video showed a tattoo on the man’s back that read “Perales” in old English lettering.

In checking Iowa’s mug shot system, police said they identified the man in the video as Jose Perales.

Perales spent about two hours in the store trying on various items, according to the affidavit.

He then left the store wearing a dress and a blond wig belonging to the business. He also was carrying a Dr. John’s merchandise bag containing various items belonging to the business, according to the affidavit.

Investigators seized merchandise from the store during a search of Perales’ residence, according to the affidavit.

Third-degree burglary is a Class D felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Third-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

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