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Man accused of going on $2,240 spree at Walmart

A Maryland man is accused of walking out of a Walmart in Stafford County early Wednesday with more than $2,240 worth of items that he didn’t pay for, police said.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Christopher Staats went to the Walmart at 11 Village Parkway off U.S. 17 in response to a report of a felony shoplifting.

An employee reported that he saw the man leave with a cart full of items and asked him for a receipt. That man ignored the employee and later loaded the items into a vehicle driven by someone else and left.

Deputy Aaron Siegal soon reported seeing a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle pass him on Celebrate Virginia Parkway heading toward U.S. 17 at a high rate of speed.

The deputies briefly lost sight of the vehicle, but spotted it again a short time later on McWhirt Loop.

The vehicle was stopped, and new electronics and other items were in plain view in the back of the vehicle.

The employee later identified the passenger, 30-year-old Jerome Pullen of Hyattsville, as the man he saw taking the items from the store.

Kennedy said the stolen items included television tables, wine, beer, a computer, headphones, clothes, Washington Redskins slippers, frozen pizzas and other food. Pullen was charged with grand larceny and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $5,000 bond.

Kennedy said the driver denied any knowledge of the theft. He has not been charged, but he was barred from the Village Parkway Walmart.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404