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NRV shoplifter will have to serve time

A man involved in a shoplifting ring that struck several Wal-Mart’s in the New River Valley last summer will have to serve at least one year of a 10-year sentence.
Wesley Kurt Milam of Bluefield, W.Va. pleaded guilty under an agreement with the prosecution to one count of felony shoplifting (or grand larceny) and one count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny.
He faced up to 40 years in prison. However, under the plea agreement, he was sentenced to five years on each charge, with all but one year and one month of the sentence suspended. He was also ordered to pay restitution, will be placed on five years probation upon release from custody, and has been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bobby Lilly, Milam and several other people were apprehended June 21 after they used a scheme to steal several Blue Ray DVD players from New River Valley Wal-Marts that day.
The group was arrested after trying their scheme at the Dublin store.
Lilly said the group would send one person into the store to actually purchase a DVD player. Then the receipt from that purchase was passed to a second person, who would go back inside and carry another player out as if it had been purchased.
Even if the alarm sounded as the second person was leaving the store, the person would have a receipt bearing the correct date and item. In some cases, the same receipt is used at other Wal-Mart stores.
Lilly said police became aware of the situation when they received a call from the Dublin Wal-Mart saying some shoplifters had just left. A description of the vehicle was provided.
When police found the vehicle and stopped it, they discovered other stores were involved.
Milam’s shoplifting charge is a felony because the stolen item was valued in excess of $200.

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NRV shoplifter will have to serve time

A man involved in a shoplifting ring that struck several Wal-Mart’s in the New River Valley last summer will have to serve at least one year of a 10-year sentence.
Wesley Kurt Milam of Bluefield, W.Va. pleaded guilty under an agreement with the prosecution to one count of felony shoplifting (or grand larceny) and one count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny.
He faced up to 40 years in prison. However, under the plea agreement, he was sentenced to five years on each charge, with all but one year and one month of the sentence suspended. He was also ordered to pay restitution, will be placed on five years probation upon release from custody, and has been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bobby Lilly, Milam and several other people were apprehended June 21 after they used a scheme to steal several Blue Ray DVD players from New River Valley Wal-Marts that day.
The group was arrested after trying their scheme at the Dublin store.
Lilly said the group would send one person into the store to actually purchase a DVD player. Then the receipt from that purchase was passed to a second person, who would go back inside and carry another player out as if it had been purchased.
Even if the alarm sounded as the second person was leaving the store, the person would have a receipt bearing the correct date and item. In some cases, the same receipt is used at other Wal-Mart stores.
Lilly said police became aware of the situation when they received a call from the Dublin Wal-Mart saying some shoplifters had just left. A description of the vehicle was provided.
When police found the vehicle and stopped it, they discovered other stores were involved.
Milam’s shoplifting charge is a felony because the stolen item was valued in excess of $200.

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