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Two charged in theft of more than $1,400 in merchandise from Walmart

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 11:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT

Michael B.L. Post, 23, and Travis J. Fairchild, 25, both of Newton, were charged with second-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart.

A loss control agent told police she saw the two males loading a large-screen television, a storage case, wet vac cleaner and three tablets into a cart and attempt to leave the store without paying for the items, which had a total value of $1,405.26. The agent tried to detain the subjects, but one ran. The subject was located in a barn north of Walmart and identified as Fairchild. He and Post both were charged in connection with the theft.

Fairchild also was charged with pubic intoxication after a Datamast test indicated at BAC of .092. Post was charged with operating while intoxicated after a Datamaster test indicated a BAC of .105.

Both men were transported to the Jasper County Jail.