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Suspect Pries Open Registers, Steals Cash from Walmart

The following information was supplied by the Milton police department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Milton police are investigating the theft of approximately $900 in cash from seven registers at Walmart on Feb. 21.

According to an incident report, a suspect entered the store on Windward Parkway at 10:39 p.m. on Feb. 21 and left by 10:58 p.m. During the time he was in the store, video shows the suspect taking a jacket off a rack and placing it on a shopping cart he was pushing. He then visited seven different registers, using a hammer and screwdriver to pry open each one. After the registers were pried open, he took the cash from them and hid it under the jacket. When he left the store, he left the jacket in the shopping cart but took the cash.

A Milton investigator managed to lift several prints from the cash registers.

The Walmart loss prevention officer told Milton police it would cost $100 per register in repairs.

The incident was listed as a burglary and criminal damage in the second degree.

Milton Couple Returns Home to Find it Burglarized

A Glencreek Way couple returned home on Sunday, Feb. 24, only to discover their home had been burglarized.

When the couple arrived home at 4:54 p.m., they noticed their front door was unlocked. Once they got inside, they realized their home had been burglarized when they noticed several items were missing.

Milton police were told the basement door leading into the house from the garage was opened. A check of the garage revealed the left door was not secured. Suspects apparently lifted the garage door from the outside and broke the "emergency release" lever, allowing them to open the door manually. Pry marks were found on the door frame of the door leading into the house as well.

A hand truck, pliers and a glove found at the home apparently belonged to the suspects, as the homeowners said they weren't theirs.

Stolen items included a flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD player and CD player, worth an estimated $700 total.

Local Resident Victim of Identity Fraud Through Tax Return

Local residents continue to find their identities have been stolen and used to file tax returns with the IRS. The latest victim was a Milton resident who tried to file her taxes using "Tax Slayer" on Feb. 21. But she received an email tell her there was an error with her tax refund.

The IRS told her that someone already had filed for a tax refund using her name and Social Security number. She filed a report with the IRS and with Milton police for documentation.

For questions about this blotter, email Bob Pepalis.

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