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Man charged in $6K Walmart thefts

Matthew Brown, 34, of Atlanta, has been charged in the 88th District Court for what police allege was the theft of more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from the Alpena Walmart.

The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post said in a news release troopers were dispatched to the store on March 22 and were told that a man, later identified by police as Brown, had come into the store at about 1:30 a.m. and, on three separate trips on the same night, taken several objects from the electronics department, leaving by forcing open the closed doors in the Garden Center. Stolen items included three 50-inch to 65-inch inch TVs, a drone, a cell phone, a computer building kit, a flashlight, a Schwinn bicycle, an HP Pavilion Desktop, a PS4 Racing Wheel, and a Western Digital 6 terabyte hard drive.

After an investigation, troopers obtained a search warrant and found many of the stolen items at a residence in Montmorency County, and found more in Brown’s vehicle. Brown was arrested at the Montmorency County Jail, where he’d been previously lodged on unrelated charges.

He’s been charged with first-degree retail fraud. He’s due in court again next month.

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