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Man accused in air-conditioning thefts from Walmart

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A Locust Grove man is accused of taking six air-conditioning units from the same Stafford County Walmart in less than a week, police said.

Stafford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Jeremiah Rakoczy’s investigation showed that the suspect had been selling the units to area pawns shops after stealing them.

The thefts took place at the Walmart at 125 Washington Square Plaza in southern Stafford, Kennedy said. Rakoczy responded to the store Friday after a loss prevention officer saw a man walk out with an air-conditioning unit without paying for it.

The man was gone when Rakoczy arrived, but store employees had gotten his license tag number and a lookout was broadcast for the vehicle.

While Rakoczy was still at the store, another deputy stopped the vehicle in the 300 block of Warrenton Road; the air-conditioning unit that had just been stolen was found in the vehicle.

Rakoczy’s investigation showed that the same man had taken a similar unit earlier Friday, two on Thursday, one on June 16 and another on June 14.

Frederick Andre Harris Jr., 27, was charged with six counts of felony shoplifting and six counts of larceny with the intent to sell.

He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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