Man arrested for felony shoplifting after allegedly stealing flashlight, digital photo frame

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested last week after allegedly trying to steal a flashlight and digital photo frame from Walmart.

Todd Sutton, 38, was arrested for two counts of shoplifting third or subsequent offense, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Police Chief Matt Gregory with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Feb. 19, 2020 Sutton allegedly placed a digital photo frame valued at $54 in his pants at Walmart in Buckhannon and left the store without paying for the item.

According to the report, then, on Feb. 20, 2020 Sutton allegedly removed a flashlight from its packaging valued at $29.97 and concealed it in his shirt at Walmart in Buckhannon. According to the report, Sutton abandoned the flashlight in a grocery aisle after he suspected that a Walmart employee was following him.

The file says Sutton has prior convictions for shoplifting with dates of Jan. 2, 2019 and Oct. 3, 2019 in Upshur County.

Bail was set at $10,000.

If convicted, Sutton faces a fine of $500 to $5,000 and confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year and not more than 10 years. At least one year shall be spent in confinement and not subject to probation, according to state code.

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