Police: Man stole computer, charger from Walmart

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

A 35-year-old Gainesville man is accused of stealing a laptop computer and charger over the weekend from the Walmart Supercenter at 1800 NE 12th Ave.

Police say that, according to the store’s loss prevention unit, Corey M. Smith went to Walmart on Saturday and took a $598 computer after breaking open the security tag.

Smith returned to the store on Sunday and took the computer’s charger for $39, but loss prevention was able to stop him. The computer has not been recovered and is reported as stolen in state and federal records, police say.

Smith was charged with second-degree petty theft, two counts of using an anti-shoplifting control device countermeasure and grand theft. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Monday in lieu of $85,000 bond.

-- Kristine Crane

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