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Michigan man shoplifted Walmart 3 times in one day: police

Matthew Brown faces up to five years in prison if convicted of first-degree fraud.
(Michigan State Police)

A Michigan man recently made three shoplifting trips to Walmart in one day and stole $6,000 worth of merchandise, police said.

Matthew Brown, 34, faces first-degree retail fraud charges in connection with the alleged crime. He was arraigned in 88th district Court in Alpena on May 22 to face the charges.

On March 22, authorities responded to a Alpena Walmart on a theft complaint, the Detroit Free Press reported. The police were told that a man had stolen a number of items from the electronics department around 1:30 pm in which he droveoff with a Saturn Vue.

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The suspect returned to the same Walmart about 20 minutes later and allegedly stolen items from the electronics department, and took in his car, the Free Press reported. The defendant returned later in the night, and stealing more electronic devices, the report said.

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Authorities tracked down the suspect two weeks later in Atlanta, Mich, that is about 40 miles west of Alpena. A search of the suspect’s apartment and car yielded most of the stolen items, police said.

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Brown was arrested and booked in the Montmorency County Jail. His next appearance is in June. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison, the Free Press reported.

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