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One suspected Walmart TV thief caught

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Jonathan M. Woods

STERLING – Turns out the man suspected of stealing a 42-inch TV from the Walmart Supercenter Saturday also might be a meat burglar.

According to a news release from Sterling police:

The man, who walked out Walmart’s front door around 9 p.m. with the boxed TV in his shopping cart, was identified Monday by tipsters as Jonathan M. Woods, 36, of Sterling.

Woods was arrested on a Whiteside County warrant around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop.

The arrest warrant was issued Monday because Woods also is a suspect in the thefts of an undisclosed quantity of steaks from Kroger on Feb. 3.

Woods is charged with burglary, which carries 3 to 7 years in prison, and misdemeanor retail theft, the release said.

He has a bond hearing this afternoon.

Police still are looking for another man, and his accomplices, accused of stealing six TVs from the same Walmart around 3 a.m. Monday. The man, described only as young, skinny and black, spirited the TVs, worth more than $7,000, out an emergency door and into a waiting van, police said.

They suspect he is part of a ring of thieves who have committed similar crimes at other regional Walmarts, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sterling police at tipline@sterling-il.gov or 815-632-6640, or call the anonymous reward hotline, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, at 815-625-7867.

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