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Police: Suspects returned to scene of the crime

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By KEITH EPPS

Two men are accused of stealing several items from a Stafford County Walmart and then returning to the store a few hours later, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the suspects first came to the Walmart at 217 Garrisonville Road between 8 and 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police said they left in a black vehicle after a loss-prevention officer saw one of them steal some headlights and a rifle scope while the other took a fishing reel valued at about $100.

Kennedy said the prevention officer didn’t stop them because he thought they had pocket knives. But he did get a description of the vehicle and the license number.

At 11:22 p.m., Deputy Chris Smith returned to Walmart after being informed that one of the suspects was back in the store. Smith first encountered the other suspect, who was in the passenger’s seat of the vehicle that had been reported earlier.

Mugridge

Mugridge

David Byron Mugridge, 28, of Woodbridge was asked about the earlier incident and denied taking anything. He was detained for “investigative purposes,” Kennedy said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Greg Haney spotted the second suspect, 24-year-old Joshua Kraft of Dumfries, leaving the store. He also denied taking anything and said he’d returned to the store only because he had some friends who needed a ride.

Kraft

Kraft

There were three other people in the vehicle who were not charged, Kennedy said.

The loss-prevention officer identified Mugridge and Kraft as the men he’d seen taking things earlier. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, methamphetamine and items taken in the earlier heist were recovered from the vehicle, police said.

Kraft and Mugridge were both charged with felony shoplifting, and Mugridge was also charged with possession of illegal drugs.

Kraft has been convicted of shoplifting four previous times, police said.

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