Things Walmart Frowns On: Trying to Pay $2 for a $228 TV

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Abilene Police
William Keltner's best-laid plan went astray.
Fans of the old BBC comedy Blackadder will remember Blackadder's humorously idiotic servant Baldrick and his evermore ridiculous "cunning plans."

Baldrick's spirit lives on in an Abilene Walmart, where on Friday 52-year-old William Keltner had a "cunning plan" of his own.

According to KTXS, Keltner's alleged plan was as follows.

1. Take a TV worth $228 and put it in a cart.
2. Take off the TV's real barcode and replace it with one valued at $1.17 and take it through a self-checkout line.
3. ????
4. Profit!

(Okay, we're mixing our comedies here. Sorry.)

Alas, poor Keltner was foiled by Walmart's loss prevention team, who took him to their office, where he allegedly attempted to hide the low-value price tag to no avail.

After Abilene police arrived and took the grizzled West Texan to jail, Keltner was charged with state-jail felony theft, destruction of evidence, and class A misdemeanor destruction of writing. Thanks to numerous previous theft convictions, his latest charge was enhanced.


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12 comments
bruceusa2086
bruceusa2086

they should do what theives in china get for stealing: getting your hand cut off.

carlray
carlray

I think they should sentience him to like 300 hours of community service cleaning drain diches that would save the tax payers money and make him pay for his crime

nbnw
nbnw

So, put him in jail for several years at the taxpayer's expense is your solution? Spend $30,000 a year to prevent the easily-caught minor theft? Yeah, that sounds like a GREAT plan!

javabaldy
javabaldy

I completely disagree with you! He has been convicted on numerous thefts already. He obviously hasn't learned his lesson yet. He keeps getting a slap on the wrist, he's gonna keep on stealing and pulling this crap.

Really...
Really...

Ok I get this guy needs to be charged with something but what this is, is attempted misdemeanor theft.  Leave it at that..  Corporations should not be able to tack on charges just to make examples of people.  Good loss prevention work, bad police work and hopefully an intelligent jury will realize this and find him guilty of the lesser crime he actually committed.

allen108
allen108

 @Really...

 Corporations don't "tack on charges" and have nothing to do with what crime is charged.  It up to the prosecutor, a state employee, to decide what is charged, and the law dictates those charges.

Skipdallas
Skipdallas

 @Really... Why "Leave it at that?" This creep has multiple arrests and convictions for theft. He should receive a long prison sentence because he has shown himself to be incapable of functioning in society.

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