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Galax police say they have charged one half of a duo that allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart stores in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
On Sept. 29, two people left the Galax Walmart with $4,000 in stolen merchandise, according to a police report. A security camera photo shows the two subjects leaving through the garden center with a cart overflowing with stolen electronics.
The Galax Police Department sent the photo to law enforcement agencies around the region seeking information, and discovered the pair was wanted for similar crimes in three states.
The photo also was posted on the department’s Facebook page, published in The Gazette and shared through the newspaper’s website and social media.
One suspect was identified as Michael Jones of Sugar Hill, Ga., according to a police report. “The information sharing led to the Greenville (Tenn.) Police Department identifying him from a July arrest. An arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 15 charging him with grand larceny in Galax.”
Walmart stores and law enforcement in the region were alerted by Galax Police to watch for Jones and his accomplice.
On Dec. 8, Jones was arrested at a Walmart in Scottsboro, Ala., while allegedly committing the same type of crime as the one in Galax, police said.
Jones will be extradited back to Virginia, as well as Tennessee and North Carolina, to face charges.
Police said the investigation into the identity of the second suspect is continuing.
“Sharing information on a pro-active basis stopped this pair’s crime spree,” the Galax Police Department posted on its Facebook page after Jones’ arrest.