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Delavan man charged in shoplifting spree

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Darryl Enriquez
September 30, 2010
— A Delavan man is charged with felony retail theft for walking out of a Target store with thousands of dollars in televisions, a surround sound system, vacuums and baby diapers on a six-day spree of theft last summer.

Carlos Garcia, 33, could face up to 3.5 years in prison if found guilty. Garcia will make an initial appearance in court Friday, but is now free on bond.


Garciaís spree ended when store security figured out what he was doing by watching video surveillance tape.


In all of the thefts, Garcia passed through checkout lines and exited the store through its main doors without question. Before leaving, he would strip products of security devices meant to trigger front door theft alarms according to a Walworth County criminal complaint.


Garcia took merchandise totaling $5,119 between July 26 and Aug.3, without paying for it, according to the complaint. All thefts were captured on surveillance tape, according to the complaint.


Also, according to the complaint, Garcia began his theft spree on July 26 by leaving Target with paper diapers.


-- On July 28, Garcia put a 40-inch Sylvania LCD TV in a shopping cart and left the store.


-- On July 29, he put two Dyson vacuums in a cart, left the store, re-entered 13 minutes later and took a Samsung surround sound stereo system.


-- On July 30, Garcia put two LCD TVs in a cart, left the store, re-entered four minutes later and left with a 40-inch Sony Bravia LCD TV.


-- On Aug. 1, Garcia left with two 40-inch Samsung LCD TVs.


Garcia was stopped by store security on Aug. 3 when he tried to leave with two LCD TVs. Asked if he needed assistance, Garcia said he was trying to return one of the TVs.


Garcia was asked to produce a receipt and identification. He showed a driverís license but couldnít produce a receipt, so he left one of the sets at the store and took the other.


Garcia was later apprehended when he was arrested by Delavan police for allegedly stealing from a Kohlís Department Store.



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