Three men charged in theft of $2,000 in electronics and merchandise at Walmart www.privateofficer.com
Red Bluff CA May 13 2012 Three men reportedly tried to walk out with some $2,000 in electronics and merchandise in shopping carts at Walmart Sunday morning.
Security officers at the store watched the crime in progress all before 5 a.m. as the three men gathered the merchandise into shopping carts and pushed them to the front of the store, a Red Bluff Police press release said.
Officers nabbed the suspects just outside the front of the store in their getaway car, a 2008 Kia.
Anthony Richard McIntire, 32, and Shane Christopher Phipps, 37, both of Redding, and Tyler Shaver, 20, were arrested at the store.
The three had gathered computers, televisions and other items in the store and headed for the south side emergency doors, logs said.
Shaver stayed inside the store while McIntire and Phipps went for the car, the release said.
License plate numbers on the vehicle were covered with masking tape.
Officers pulled over the Kia in the parking lot as it pulled near the doors, the release said. Phipps and McIntire were arrested without incident.
Shaver was arrested later when he left the store and tried to blend in with store employees who were taking a break outside, the release said.
Phipps and McIntire were each charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and second degree burglary and booked into Tehama County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000 each.
Shaver was released pending further investigation into similar crimes in other jurisdictions, the release said.
Police are looking into connections between the arrested suspects and other similar cases at the Red Bluff Walmart since January, the release said
Source:Red Bluff Daily News