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Ex-Employee Accused of Shoplifting from Dubuque Wal-Mart

A former employee of a Dubuque big box retailer is accused of using a tool he got from the job to steal merchandise from the store. Police were called to Dubuque’s Wal-Mart at about 4:40 Monday evening. According to store employees, a man later identified as 19-year-old Shauntez Thomas was seen looking at a Bluetooth speaker. A worker asked if he needed help, but Thomas said “no” and walked away. The worker then reported hearing the speaker’s packaging being placed back on the shelf. When she went to check on it, she found the wrapper, but no speaker inside. Police say Thomas had worked at Wal-Mart until being fired about three weeks ago. They suspect that he used what’s known as a “Spiderware remover” to take the speaker out of the packaging. Thomas has been charged with 5th Degree Theft and Possession of a Theft Detection Removal Device. If convicted on both charges, he could face more than a year in jail.

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