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Two charged in theft of electronics from Walmart


January 20, 2019

Two people from Kansas have been charged with grand larceny in the theft of tablets, a cellphone and other items from the Alva Walmart.

The Alva Police Department was contacted about the theft on Dec. 31 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Alva Police Officer Brian File went to Walmart where he spoke with the manager Mark Davis. The manager reported on Dec. 30 at approximately 12:47 a.m. two unknown individuals left Walmart with approximately $1,050 of stolen tablets, a cellphone, a dog bed and cat food.

Officer File reviewed video surveillance which showed two individuals walking into Walmart together. They can be seen in the electronics aisle putting the tablets and a cellphone in their cart and walking out of the view of the camera. When the two arrive at the self-checkout, the tablets and cellphone are missing from their cart. The individuals only purchased grocery items and left the store together.

Davis told File the discarded tablet boxes and cellphone box were later found in the fabrics section of the store, hidden between fabric pallets. Davis provided File with the discarded boxes as well as a detailed itemized list of other items stolen.

The items reported stolen were:

• A Lenovo 10” tablet, value $129

• An LG Stylo 4 Straight Talk wireless cellphone, value $199

• Two Samsung Galaxy Tab As, value $249 each

• A Samsung Galaxy Tab E, value $129

• A dog bed, value $3.71

• Cat food, value $7.88

Taxes for all the items totaled $89.41.

In an attempt to identify the individuals, pictures of them were posted to social media sites. At approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, K9 Master Deputy Brandon Hornbeck of the Ford County Sheriff’s Office in Dodge City, Kansas, contacted Officer File. He said he saw the posts and recognized Nicolas Hunnicutt and Michelle Holt. Hornbeck said his agency is familiar with the two, having encountered them on other criminal investigations.

File later received a call from Ford County Sheriff’s Investigator Travis Servis who also identified Hunnicutt and Holt in the video. Servis said Hunnicut was arrested and booked into the Ford County Jail on other related charges on Dec. 31. File obtained a book in photo of Hunnicutt from Ford County, compared it to the video surveillance and confirmed it was Hunnicutt in the video.

On Jan. 10 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Holt came to the Alva Police Department to talk with File and Officer Keith Dale in an interview. File read Holt her Miranda rights and she waived them. She told the officers she and Hunnicutt came to Alva to talk with a man who was selling a dirt bike but the man didn’t answer Hunnicutt’s phone call. They decided to go to Walmart.

Holt said she saw Hunnicutt take a few tablets out of an open cabinet. They walked over to fabrics and he began stuffing the tablets in his coveralls. Then they went to the self-checkout and checked out the grocery items. She said Hunnicutt picked up a dog bed from the cart, folded it and put it back in the cart before she could scan it. She said she paid for the grocery items with a Visa debit card belonging to her mother.

When Officer Dale asked Holt how come she didn’t alert someone that Hunnicutt was taking tablets, Holts stated, “Well, he’s his own person.” Holt was placed under arrest for grand larceny and taken to the Woods County Jail.

Officer File conducted a limited records check on Hunnicutt which revealed nine arrests for theft, seven arrests for obstruction of justice and three arrests for distribution of controlled dangerous substances. A limited records check on Holt revealed an arrest for theft and burglary. She had also been arrested four times for possession of narcotics.

Charges were filed on Jan. 11 in Woods County. Michelle Dee Holt, 38, of Minneola, Kansas, has been charged with grand larceny, a felony. Her bond was set at $5,000.

Nicolas James Hunnicutt, 28, of Protection, Kansas, has also been charged with a felony of grand larceny. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The crime of grand larceny is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of not more than two years or in the county jail for a term not to exceed one year, by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and restitution.


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