Timothy Robert Baker, 60, of rural Detroit Lakes was sentenced for his role in stealing $1,498 worth of items from Walmart over several days by sliding them under an exterior gate in the lawn and garden department.
He was charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft. Another man was charged for a smaller role in the thefts.
According to court records, based on Walmart surveillance video, on Aug. 6 Baker took a 43-inch Vizio TV from the electronics department and left it near a gate in the garden center. He then left the store, drove his maroon SUV to the garden center gate, got out, reached under the gate, slid out the TV set, loaded it up and left.
He is accused of doing the same thing with a DVD player and a sound bar on Aug. 7.
On Aug. 8, Baker went to the electronics department and used a tool to defeat a security device on a high-end pair of headphones, then hid them and other items at the Garden Center gate. He got his car, slid the items under the gate, and left with them.
On Aug. 10, the second man was seen placing items near the lawn and garden gate, and Baker placed a 43-inch Vizio TV near the gate. The two then went out and got into the SUV. The second man drove and Baker got out and grabbed the TV through the gate.
Baker appeared in court on Nov. 8 before District Judge Jay Carlson, sentenced him to 15 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for five years, and ordered him to serve 67 days in jail, with credit for 67 days served. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,160 in court fees and $3,417 in restitution.
He was placed on supervised probation for five years.