A Wellston man has been charged with Theft after he allegedly stole a woman's purse at the Jackson Walmart store on Wednesday, May 10.
The Jackson Police Department reports that Louie Beaver, 73, of 26 East 10th St., Wellston, was charged the following day with the assistance and support of the Wellston Police Department, after the theft at his Wellston residence.
Jackson Police received a call at 6:34 p.m. on May 10 from the theft victim, Mary McCoy of Erwin Road, Jackson. McCoy told police she had left her purse behind in a motorized shopping cart in the front part of Walmart when she had changed carts.
When she realized her purse was missing 30 minutes later, she found it was not where she had left it. She then checked the service desk and discovered her purse had been turned in by a Walmart employee who had found it on a shelf in the snacks' aisle. However, she soon discovered that two envelopes were missing from inside the purse, one of which contained $91 in cash. There was a Social Security card and two other benefits' cards in the other envelope.
Using the store video surveillance system, police were able to see that an unidentified elderly man removed the purse from the unattended cart, and moments later appeared to be removing the envelopes from the purse. The suspect was later seen using money from an envelope to make a purchase before leaving the store in a van.
In their efforts to identify the suspect, Jackson Police contacted the Wellston Police Department where officers recognized the suspect as Beaver. Wellston Police contacted Beaver late in the afternoon of May 11 at his residence and contacted Jackson Police who then came to the scene.
Jackson Police noted Beaver appeared to be wearing the same clothes as the suspect on the videotape and that the parked van matched the description of the one in which the suspect was seen in at the Walmart parking lot. Police also found Beaver to be in possession of a receipt issued at the Walmart store in the period following the theft.