2 charged with theft
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:35 am
The Messenger, August 13, 2012
Two men have been charged with theft after being identified as the suspects in the recent theft of two laptop computers at Union City’s Walmart Supercenter.
Chaz Dial, 23, of 383 Hilltop Road, Hickman, Ky., and Lakarian Johnson, 18, of Royal Ridge Apt. D-6, Fulton, have both been arrested for theft over $1,000, according to the Union City Police Department’s investigations division.
The thefts allegedly occurred July 30 and were reported to police July 31.
The first incident occurred when a white man and a black man entered Walmart on West Reelfoot Avenue at 3:02 a.m. July 30. They were observed in the computer aisle at 3:39 a.m. and were seen on video looking at the display computers, police investigator Derrick O’Dell said.
The display computers are held by a security device attached to the bottom of the computers and the device is held to the display by a thin cable. The black man was observed on video pulling something out of his backpack — later determined to be a pair of wire cutters — and the white man was observed beside the Vizio laptop. He then clipped the cable and picked up the laptop, valued at $898, and placed it into the black man’s backpack. They left the store without paying.
Police said the suspects also picked out an Xbox hard drive transfer cable valued at $19.98 and the black man was seen concealing the item in the clothing section at Walmart.
The suspects then returned at 5:38 a.m., again going to the laptop aisle. There, the white man clipped the wire to a Toshiba laptop, valued at $548; and, at 5:45 a.m., the black man picked up the computer and placed it into his backpack. They again left the store without paying.