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Walmart thefts lead to felony charge

Samuel James Staples III, 32, of Cass Lake has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft.

According to court records, on May 17 at 9:22 a.m. he and a woman were allegedly involved in the theft of $613 worth of items from the Detroit Lakes Walmart store, including two TV sets, a Blu-ray DVD player, and a Stanley tool set. He allegedly wheeled his shopping cart to the Garden Center, went out a fire door, and was met there by the woman driving a Monte carlo. Together they loaded the goods into the car and took off. The two also allegedly stole $438 worth of items from the DL Walmart on Dec. 11, 2016. The total from both incidents is $1,135.

Walmart security personnel were allegedly able to identify the two suspects after similar thefts at Walmart stores in Park Rapids, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Wadena, where the suspects went out a fire door with expensive merchandise. The two were arrested May 30 after a theft at the Park Rapids Walmart. A warrant has been issued for Staples.

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