Television thief faces prison time

A man who stole two pairs of shoes from Famous Footwear and more than $300 in merchandise from Walmart on Topsy Lane in Carson City faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Miguel Lawrence Padilla, 35, admitted to counts of burglary of a business.

According to court documents, Padilla was arrested on Jan. 21, after he swapped his own white Nike shoes for a new pair and walked out of the store holding a pair of black Nike shoes. After leaving Famous Footwear he went across the street to Walmart where he walked out with two 32 inch LG Smart T.V.’s, one pair of underwear, one pair of socks, one trash can, one pair of pants, one shirt and a light, totaling $366.86. A deputy on scene recognized him from Famous Footwear surveillance footage and stopped him for questioning. The deputy stated that Padilla did not have physical identification on his person but provided it verbally. While the deputy was checking for wants and warrants, Padilla fled on foot north through the Walmart parking lot. The deputy was able to catch and detain Padilla.

Sentencing is set for April 17.

• A man who attempted to steal a motor vehicle was sentenced to a suspended 12-48 months in prison Monday.

According to court documents, Douglas Arthur Allman, 53, stole a white Ford Edge on Dresslerville Drive on July 16, 2022, after a household argument escalated.

“This was a household argument that exploded, and I wish we weren’t here today,” said the vehicle owner. “The only anguish in this situation was that my mother was dying, and I needed my car.”

Prosecutor Bethany Towne said Allman has prior theft-related convictions, including a warrant issued out of California.

Allman was granted the suspended sentence as long as he adheres to all probation conditions including search, seizure, and testing, and surrenders himself to California no later than March 18.


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