Police on Tuesday were still looking for two men who they say walked into the Collinsville Walmart five months ago, asked a cashier to load up prepaid Visa cards with thousands of dollars, then left without paying for them.
And they don’t believe this was a random theft.
Police said a 24-year-old St. Louis man called cashier William L. Barnett, 19, of Cahokia, to set up the theft at the Collinsville Walmart, 1040 Collinsville Crossing, police said in a search warrant. The man told Barnett he’d know who to look for by the thieves’ dreadlocks, which police said were distinctive.
Once at the Walmart on April 22, two men went to Barnett’s lane and asked him to load the prepaid Visa cards with more than $9,000, police said. They took the cards, as well as other merchandise, and left the store.
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Police believe the suspect in this theft is connected to other high-dollar thefts in Houston and in Florissant, Mo. Video evidence shows one of the men with distinct dreadlocks down to his chest, and other video evidence links the same man to the other thefts, according to police.
Barnett was arrested and charged with retail theft over $300. Police said he allowed police to search his phone to find the man who had called him, which ended up being 24-year-old Jaylen L. Fulton, of St. Louis. Fulton is also charged with retail theft over $300.
Further investigation revealed that Fulton made the call to Barnett to set up the theft, police say, and two other men carried out the theft at Walmart.
Collinsville Police are handling the investigation, and were still looking for the two men who went to Walmart.