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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wal-Mart Theft: Alton Residents Steal Vacuum, Headphones, Return to Store -- With Drugs

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

click to enlarge Matthew McDonough
  • Matthew McDonough

If you steal large items from a Wal-Mart, it's perhaps not a great idea to return to the store two days later to steal more goods. But if you must -- maybe try not to be carrying illegal drugs. You know, just in case they noticed you the first time you walked out of the store with stuff you clearly didn't buy. This was the lesson Matthew McDonough, 26, and Wayne Sprinkle, 28, may have learned this weekend when they were caught shoplifting from a Godfrey, Illinois Wal-Mart on Sunday.

McDonough was especially easy to identify, since he had stolen a vacuum cleaner and some headphones two days earlier.

But he was in slightly less trouble than Sprinkle, who had prescription pills on him -- but no prescription.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert late yesterday that the two Alton, Illinois residents were arrested and face felony charges of retail theft over $300.

On Friday, at around 2 p.m, the sheriff's office responded to a retail theft complaint at the Godfrey Road Wal-Mart -- where an officer reported a male suspect entering the business and removing $798.95 worth of merchandise from store shelves.

That subject, who was later identified as McDonough, was seen placing a vacuum cleaner and a pair of headphones in a shopping cart -- and then pushing them out of the store without paying.

Fast-forward to Sunday, at around 6 p.m. when the sheriff's office responded to another complaint of the same suspect returning to the store. This time he had a friend. Deputies met with a "Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer" who directed them to the suspect and the second unknown subject who were both exiting the business.

They didn't make it far.

McDonough was taken into custody in connection with the theft two days prior. Deputies searched Sprinkle's car and found stolen headphones -- which were one of two pairs that the suspects had taken that day. That search also uncovered a prescription pill bottle and plastic bag, which both contained a medication called suboxone. An investigation determined that he was illegally possessing the drug.

That earned Sprinkle an unlawful possession of a controlled substance felony charge, in addition to the retail theft charge.

Both were transported to Madison County Jail. Bond was set at $40,000 for each defendant.

Continue for the full press release and mug shots.

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