West St. Paul man charged in felony Tide theft

There is a new report that a West St. Paul man has been arrested in connection with the theft of $6,300 worth of Tide detergent from a Wal-Mart. The man now faces felony theft charges and police are looking to see if they can link him to even more missing merchandise from the same store. Wal-Mart staff has claimed that $25,000 worth of Tide has been taken over the span of 15 months and it seems they believe that the man may be responsible for the theft.

The man became a suspect after Wal-Mart employees started to notice there was a considerable amount of Tide that was going missing from the store. It was then that the employees and loss prevention specialists started looking at grainy and unclear closed-circuit security tapes. Police say the specialists were able to identify the man from the security tapes and turned this information over to police.

Police arrested the man after he was allegedly caught trying to leave the store with a cart full of unpaid Tide. Police also claim the man has been to the store over 28 times since the beginning of the year.

While some people may think this story is somewhat comical, it actually present serious and severe punishments for the man if he is convicted. He could spend up to 10 years in prison if he is unable to clear his name. Because of the seriousness of the incident, it is essential that he first contact a criminal defense attorney.

Source: KARE 11, “Man charged with stealing $6,000 worth of Tide detergent,” March 13, 2012

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