EDWARDSVILLE — An Alton man was charged Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court with felony retail theft, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to Walmart, 6660 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, at 5:28 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in reference to a retail theft. A Walmart loss prevention officer told the responding deputy that Lucas M. Palmer, 22, of the 100 block of West Elm Street, was detained after the officer witnessed him attempting to push two televisions out of the business without paying for them. The loss officer told the deputy Palmer also stole a television from the business on Sept. 30. Palmer was able to avoid apprehension on the prior incident, but the loss prevention officer was aware of the incident and recognized Palmer as the suspect. The total value of the two televisions Palmer was attempting to steal in the latest incident was $996. The television Palmer walked out of the store with on Sept. 30 was valued at $200, making that offense a misdemeanor.
Palmer was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The warrant and criminal information was issued by Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set Palmer’s bond at $20,000. Palmer was charged with a second misdemeanor charge of retail theft in the Sept. 30 incident.