Baby Formula, Thermal Underwear, Beef Stolen from Walmart
Several items were stolen from Walmart in separate retail thefts, police say.
Loss Prevention staff at the Walmart at 400 S. State Rd. in Springfield, observed a man in the men's department on Dec. 29, selecting thermal underwear and a belt and concealing the items in his backpack, according to police.
The man then left the store without paying for the items, according to police.
The thermal underwear, belt and additional items, valued at about $260, were recovered from his backpack.
The 34-year-old man was taken to police headquarters, processed and charged with theft, according to police, but inside his front pants pocket was a small clear piece of straw that had white powder residue inside of it and the man told police he used that straw to snort Percocet (oxycodone).
On Dec. 22, two women stole baby formula, clothing and a package of ground beef from Walmart, according to police.
The two women left the area in a grey Chevrolet Impala, according to police, and the stolen items were valued at under $200.
Also on Dec. 22, three women concealed items inside their purses and left Walmart without paying for the items, according to police.
As store security followed the women through the exit all three women began running toward State Road, according to police.
Store security was able to recover one of the women's handbags with about $200 worth of stolen items inside but about $100 worth of items were not recovered, according to police.