A return trip inside the Wapakoneta Walmart to attempt to steal more items resulted Friday afternoon in the apprehension of two men on theft charges.
Artillus Porter, 38, of Lima, and Wesley Palmer, 35, of Harrod, had loaded their vehicle with 22 bottles of laundry detergent they hadn’t paid for when they decided to go back into the store at 1257 Bellefontaine St. and grab a few more items at 3:30 p.m., Wapakoneta Police Department Clerk Denise Kohler said.
“Employees had been watching them and fortunately, there were a lot of customers out directing officers about where they were running to,” Kohler said of the men, who were confronted after attempting to leave the store a second time with kitchen items.
Porter and Palmer ran from the scene, leaving their vehicle and stolen items in the parking lot. Porter was later apprehended near the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Palmer was apprehended on Rauthland Avenue near Douglas Street.
Porter, who allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of items, was arrested on fifth-degree theft charges and Palmer with first-degree misdemeanor theft charges. They were incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail.
The total value of items they attempted to steal was listed at more than $1,393, and in addition to the laundry detergent, included, two Ninja Blenders, a Shark Steam Mop, two Bazaar 16-piece plate sets, and cookware.