Updated Info–Walmart’s Bolt Cutter Bandit-He Called the Cops HimselfJune 15th, 2009 by Joe Burgess
Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober has released the attached press release detailing information leading to the arrest of the “Bolt Cutter Bandit”, the man who got out of jail Tuesday, and then was arrested Thursday for cutting the chain link fence to the Walmart garden center (Wednesday night).
Apparently the man called the Sheriff’s Dept., to return a “stolen laptop”, but actually gave them a “different stolen laptop.”
Other stolen items were also recovered.
On June 11 at approximately 1:00 pm, Drew County investigators arrested Jimmy Lee Birchfield, age 40 of Monticello, for the Walmart theft reported on June 10. Birchfield was previously arrested on June 9 for residential burglary of a residence located on Highway 83 North. During that residential burglary, a laptop computer was taken along with several other items. Birchfield bonded on Tuesday, June 9th.
On Thursday, Birchfield contacted Drew County Sheriff’s Department from Highway 83 North. Sheriff Gober sent the investigator to meet Birchfield and get the laptop, as this sounded very suspicious. When investigators had the laptop, files stored on the laptop were checked. There was a data folder labeled “WalMart” stored on the computer. WalMart was contacted and a representative did say that they had a video of a subject that had taken several items and had even attempted to steal a LCD television by placing it near a fence in the garden section. It was learned that as the subject was attempting to cut the fence, a WalMart employee frightened the subject, later identified as Birchfield. Birchfield then fled from WalMart. A WalMart representative reported the following morning that a laptop and several other items had been stolen from the store the previous night. The serial number was checked on the laptop and it was indeed found to be the property of WalMart.
Birchfield was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for the motel room where he was staying. Investigators retrieved from the room a camera that had also been stolen. The investigation still continues for the other missing items: a Sony Playstation 2, an XM radio, a Vivitar camera, and a Koday Easyshare digital camera.
Birchfieldremains in the Drew County Detention Facility charged with theft of property and shoplifting. Bond has been set at $20,000.
Any information regarding these stolen items should be reported to the Drew County Sheriff’s Department.
Posted June 12, 2009
Walmart’s “Bolt Cutter Bandit” Arrested, (He Got Out of Jail Tuesday)
On June 7, 2009, a report was made to Drew County Sheriff’s Department about several items missing from a residence located at Highway 83 North. Items taken were a Dell laptop computer, a camcorder, and two gold necklaces.
According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, investigators received information of a possible suspects during the interview process on June 9, Jimmy Lee Birchfield, age 40 of Monticello, was arrested. He was charged with residential burglary and theft of property and was placed in the Drew County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $2,500. Birchfield bonded on the same day.
Then Thursday morning, following the report of the Walmart garden center fence being cut in an attempt to remove a television, the investiagation pointed Drew County Sheriff’s Dept. staff again to Birchfield.
Birchfieldwas re-arrested Thursday afternoon, charged with theft of property over $2,500.
A laptop computer was also allegedly invlolved in the Walmart incident.
Birchfield is set to have his bond hearing Friday.
Posted June 11, 2009
Not Your Average Shoplifter
A man attempted to steal a television from Monticello’s Walmart last night, around 9:30, by hiding it in the garden center of the store, and trying to cut the chain link fence around the area.
The white male suspect,Â (approximately 40 years old)Â was wearing a green winter jacket, buttoned all the way up.
Now the jacket was not used to conceal the TV, but possibly a pair of bolt cutters, which the man used to attempt to cut the chain link fence at the back of the garden center portion of the store, where a TV (valued at Â approximately $600 had been hidden).
When a member of management walked up to the man, he fled the scene, before police arrived.
If anyone remembers seeing this subject leaving the Walmart area, please contact the Monticello Police Dept.
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