A 19-year-old man with a history of too many receipt-less returns at Tri-City Walmarts was sentenced to 30 days in jail for walking out of a store with unpaid merchandise.
Daviel Davis Canela pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary for the Oct. 29 incident.
Canela had been told in June that he never is to enter another Walmart property, especially the Road 68 site.
So months later when surveillance cameras spotted Canela in the Pasco store, police say he was there illegally.
According to court documents, Canela had some items in his hands when he walked into the store at 5:15 p.m. and selected merchandise off a shelf near the cash registers.
But instead of going to a register to pay for the goods, police said he went to the customer service desk and tried to return everything he had, including the new merchandise.
An employee asked for Canela's identification since he didn't have a receipt for all of the items, but ended up canceling the transaction because records showed Canela had too many returns without sales slips, documents said.
Canela then left the store with the merchandise, without paying for the two guide books worth $24 total.
Store footage, though grainy, reportedly shows Canela did not have the books in his hands when he first came into Walmart. Police confirmed the suspect on the video was Canela by comparing it to a booking mug in the system, court documents said.
Canela was arrested at his home Nov. 2 on outstanding warrants.
He acknowledged that he'd been in the Pasco Walmart recently to return merchandise and that the transaction had been denied, but said he didn't take anything off the store shelves, documents said.
Canela must repay $23.94 to Walmart. He was given credit for having served the jail time while the case was pending.
He has a 2011 conviction for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
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