Local Walmart hit as part of statewide theft spree
January 10, 2013, 9:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
Marble Falls police believe that a recent theft at the Walmart on US 281 is the second local incident that has occurred in a statewide theft spree since Nov. 12.
Police in several cities have been left perplexed by a string of thefts from various Walmart locations in Texas. Three unidentified male suspects have been caught on tape in the process of taking electronics and jewelry from Walmart stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, San Antonio, Kerrville, Bastrop, Belton, Killeen, Lampasas, Copperas Cove and Marble Falls, police said.
"We do not believe the suspects live locally,” said Marble Falls Police Sgt. Rick Carter. "This same bunch has hit (Walmart locations) everywhere.”
Carter said that the first local theft occurred on Nov. 28, in which $10,459.59 worth of electronics were stolen from the Walmart Supercenter at 2700 N US 281 here in Marble Falls. The second theft, also in Marble Falls, during which $4,511.83 worth of electronics were stolen, occurred on Dec. 24 at about 1 a.m., said Carter, but was not reported until Wednesday, Jan. 9.
"They always come in the wee hours of the morning when the store has cut back on employees,” Carter said. "They disabled the fire alarms on the back door and pushed the shopping carts (filled with electronics and jewelry) right through.”
Carter said that the total value of merchandise stolen since
Nov. 12 at all Walmart Texas stores is estimated at $179,486.83.
For more on this story or to see photos of the suspects, see Friday's Highlander.
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