A 27-year-old man is accused of trying to steal a cart full of merchandise from Walmart, including two TVs, and trying to hide out in a nearby store.
Dameon R. Casey of College Place pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree organized retail theft and possessing a stolen vehicle, both felonies. His trial is scheduled Jan. 15.
Walmart's store security agents first noticed Casey acting suspiciously in the store Nov. 17 and watched him as he walked around the store at 4820 Road 68, court documents said.
Casey walked out of the grocery exit door with a cart full of $817 in goods, including a 29-inch and a 32-inch TV, documents said.
When an agent approached Casey and tried to stop him, Casey allegedly abandoned his cart and ran through the front of the store to the other main exit. While running, Casey reached into his pants pocket before turning and holding out a hand, telling the agent, "Don't follow me, or else," court documents said.
The store agent did not see a weapon or find one on Casey after his arrest, but he did take the statement and gesture as a threat, documents said.
Walmart employees followed Casey to Lowe's, where he allegedly ran through an aisle while removing his baseball hat and stashing his black shirt on a shelf. He was arrested inside that store.
The charges against Casey also involve having a stolen 1994 Ford Tempo at the time of his arrest.
Casey has been ordered to stay out of the Pasco Walmart while the case is pending.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; email@example.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer