THE NEWS DESKAugust 14th, 2013, 3:10 pm
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Three arrested in Walmart shoplifting incidents
A Mineral man was arrested Tuesday after he loaded stolen items into a cab outside a Stafford Walmart, police said.
The man was one of three arrested Tuesday afternoon following shoplifting incidents at the store at 217 Garrisonville Road, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.
The first suspect entered the store about 12:50 p.m. and left with a television and an air conditioner. He loaded the items into a waiting cab, then went back into the store, Kennedy said.
Kennedy said a loss prevention officer saw him take another television and air conditioner and leave in the cab with all four items. The Sheriff’s Office was called and 1st Sgt. Chris Staples, who was in the area, stopped the cab in a bank parking lot just down the street.
The stolen items were recovered and the cab passenger was taken into custody. Donald Mark Chappell, 47, was charged with grand larceny and larceny with the intent to sell and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Chappell was already wanted on charges in Augusta and Chesterfield counties, Kennedy said.
Shortly after 4 Tuesday afternoon, Kennedy said. a Walmart employee saw two men leave with crossbows they hadn’t paid for. The employee got a description of the vehicle they left in, and 2nd Lt. Ben Worcester spotted it a short time later heading south on Interstate 95.
Worcester and Deputy Alex Smith stopped the vehicle near the Falmouth exit and recovered the stolen crossbows.
James Holdsworth, 23, and Christopher Hagedorn, 39, both of Culpeper, were charged with grand larceny and conspiracy. Holdsworth was also charged with driving on a revoked license, and Hagedorn was also charged with possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.
Both men were placed in the regional jail.