Police: Wal-Mart shopper arrested for stealing home security system

News-DemocratApril 29, 2013 

A man apparently worried about someone stealing his stuff is accused of stealing a home security system from the Godfrey Wal-Mart.

Tyler C. Graham, 29, of 1243 W. 9th Street in Alton, was caught in the act on a store security surveillance system, police said.

Graham was first spotted on the video surveillance system of the Wal-Mart store on Godfrey Road in Godfrey April 19. Loss prevention personnel called the Madison County Sheriff's Office to report a suspected theft when empty packages for a video security system, two wireless home monitoring kits and a GPS unit were found in the store.

Personnel reviewed the store's security video and spotted the theft, but the thief had already left the store, according to Madison County Sheriff's Capt. T. Mike Dixon.

He was spotted again when he returned to the scene of the crime about a week later. Personnel at Wal-Mart called police when Graham came into the store April 27. When deputies arrived, Graham was leaving the store in a yellow Ford Mustang and deputies stopped him for a minor traffic violation.

He was identified as the man believed to have stolen the home security system, and was taken into police custody, according to the police report.

Graham has been charged by the Madison County State's Attorney with burglary. Madison County Judge Richard Tognarelli set Graham's bond at $80,000 and he remains in police custody.

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