Man faces Walmart theft charge |

Man faces Walmart theft charge

Suspects invovled in an attempted theft entering the Topsy Walmart on Jan. 28.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

A Reno man accused of trying to take a 42-inch television out of the Topsy Walmart last winter is facing theft and conspiracy charges in Douglas County.

Chad Peter Thomas Ward, 39, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday and was released on his own recognizance, though he was placed under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

The Jan. 28 burglary was the topic of a secret witness release, which generated several tips as to the identities of two men who tried to steal a television and a computer.

According to court documents, one of the men was waiting in a vehicle, while the other got a cart. loaded the items and headed for the emergency exit.

When the security officer tried to stop him he was elbowed in the face.

Both men fell into the cart knocking it over, and the thief ran to the waiting vehicle and jumped into the trunk.

After the Secret Witness item appeared in area media, including The Record-Courier, security personnel from other stores came forward saying they’d had similar thefts by men who resembled the two from the Walmart.

A warrant was issued for Ward on Aug. 4. He was taken into custody on Thursday.

■ A man serving a jail sentence for stealing video games faces a felony charge of battery by a prisoner.

James Branson Cook, 25, faces a felony charge in connection with an incident that occurred on Aug. 23 during lunch at the jail over juice cups.

Cook allegedly spit on another inmate because he was mad that the inmate didn’t give him his juice cup.

Cook was serving six months in jail as a condition of a suspended four-year prison sentence for the theft of $1,400 in “Grand Theft Auto” and other video games.

He had served a dozen days of his sentence in jail before he was accused of the felony, which could result in his suspended sentence being revoked.

Cook was arrested after he raided the Game Stop.