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Two Carrollton residents face retail theft charges after trying to take gaming remotes from the Godfrey Walmart, police said.
Richard W. Behnen, 24, was charged Tuesday, March 18, with a felony charge of retail theft under $300 (second subsequent offense) and Katie L. Gray, was charged with a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, Capt. T. Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
On Monday, March 17, at about 2:06 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to Walmart, 6660 Godfrey Road, in reference to a retail theft. Deputies met with Walmart employees, who witnessed Behnen place two electronic gaming remotes in the purse of a second female customer. The suspects tried to leave the store but were stopped by employees. The female customer was identified as Gray.
Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail, where Behnen was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Gray was charged with a misdemeanor charge of retail theft in connection with the investigation. Behnen was eligible for the enhanced second subsequent felony offense because of a 2010 conviction for burglary out of Madison County.
The warrant and criminal information on Behnen was issued by the Judge Neil Schroeder. Bond was set at $15,000.