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Man arrested after repeated brazen Walmart shopliftings

Posted at 7:56 PM, Aug 11, 2020

KINGSVILLE, Texas — A 19-year-old man was arrested after allegedly repeatedly shoplifting the Walmart Supercenter on General Cavazos Boulevard several times last week.

Arturo Reta Jr. admitted to Kingsville police that he had several items collected that he had not paid for.

Reta was booked on a Class B misdemeanor for thefts totaling $100 to $750 and for outstanding Municipal Court warrants. He was released on bond on Monday at 4:45 p.m.

Walmart employees reported to police that a suspect had walked out the door with a shopping cart full of items. Other times, he would load up a store dolly and walk out, without being questioned. It was learned that the unknown male was then selling the items online.

On Aug. 8, Walmart employees called the police after the man re-entered the store. He went through the self checkout, paying for some items, while keeping other items hidden underneath. The male was confronted at the front business doors by employees and KPD officers.

Patrol Officers and store employees continued their investigation and watched store surveillance video several previous days. It is believed that the suspect was going to the store, at least twice a day for several days and stealing each time.

Officers later went to a residence in the 900 block of East Henrietta Avenue looking for merchandise in connection with the string of shopliftings. A resident of the home gave consent for the officers to enter and search for additional stolen property.

Nearly $3,000 in stolen property was recovered from the home, along with marijuana, synthetic marijuana, bongs, shredders and a scale.