Man stole video games, police say

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.

A 25-year-old Gainesville electrician was arrested Friday afternoon after police say he stole 10 video game discs from a store last month.

On Jan. 12, Chester Pavlovski of 4546 NW 13th St. was captured on surveillance video at the Walmart on Northwest 13th Street, which has since closed. He cut the cases of the video games, removed the disks and concealed them before walking out of the store without paying for the merchandise, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

A loss prevention employee approached Pavlovski outside the store and asked him to come back inside. Pavlovski complied initially, walking back with the Walmart employee. Then, he turned around and punched the employee in the mouth, police say. The two struggled briefly before Pavlovski fled.

The Walmart employee later identified Pavlovski in a photo lineup.

The next day, Pavlovski was captured on video selling eight of the 10 stolen disks at Game Stop, a second-hand dealer at 3544 SW Archer Road. At the dealer, he signed a form affirming that he was the rightful owner of the property he was selling, according to a report.

Pavlovski was arrested on charges of unarmed robbery and providing false information to second-hand property.

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