A Jerseyville man was charged Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of retail theft over $300, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz.
The man is identified as Dustin Lee Vanhoose, 33, of the 1900 block of West County Road.
On Tuesday, April 7, at 2:24 p.m., deputies responded to the Godfrey Walmart, 6660 Godfrey Road, in reference to a retail theft. Deputies met with a Walmart loss prevention representative who reported store employees saw Vanhoose load six cordless drills into a shopping cart and exit the store without paying for the items. Vanhoose passed all points of sale and entered the exit vestibule, where he was contacted by Walmart loss prevention representatives. Vanhoose subsequently fled the store on foot and was quickly apprehended by responding deputies a short distance from the store. Probable cause was developed by investigating deputies and Vanhoose was arrested without incident for the charge of retail theft. The drills, which were valued at more than $900, were recovered at the scene.
Vanhoose was 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 on Vanhoose was issued by Judge James Hackett. Bond was set at $30,000.