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Stafford County man charged in Walmart case

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By KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County man was arrested Sunday after he returned to a county store to complain about a gift card that police said he’d obtained illegally a short time earlier.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the man first entered the Walmart at 217 Garrisonville Road about 3:30 p.m. and took a 20-gallon aquarium that he hadn’t paid for to the service desk to get a refund.

He had no receipt, but Kennedy said the store gives gift cards to customers with proper identification.

The man had his driver’s license and left the store with the card.

About four hours later, Kennedy said, the same man returned to the store. This time he took a coffeemaker off the shelf and returned to the service desk for another refund. An employee put an additional refund on the same card, giving the man about $150, Kennedy said.

Shortly after the man left the service desk, someone realized that he’d been there twice already and an internal investigation began. Authorities were called and the gift card was deactivated.

Deputy Robert Kulveth was in the store talking to a loss-prevention officer when the man returned to the service desk for the third time. This time he wanted to know why his gift card had been deactivated.

Randolph Byrd, 49, was charged with two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $1,500 bond.

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