EDMOND, Okla – It would take a lot for most people to march into a Wal-Mart stock room, grab an expensive flat screen television and wheel it to the front door.
Jenny Monroe, with the Edmond Police Department, said, “He stuck it in a basket. It was hanging out of the basket.”
Police say an alleged thief even convinced a Wal-Mart associate to load the electronics into his waiting car.
The suspect, Christopher French, might have gotten away if not for a little bad luck.
As he was leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot, French pulled into the direct path of an Edmond police officer.
In fact, authorities say the officer had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision.
The officer quickly learned French was driving on a suspended license, had a counterfeit paper tag and no receipt for the new $500 Samsung TV.
Monroe said, “He also found out he had previous charges for larceny of a retailer. So, he called the manager of the Wal-Mart and asked if they were missing a flat screen TV. They looked at the video and saw him do it.”
Christopher French was arrested for receiving stolen property and driving on a suspended license.
The arrest made possible because of an alert Edmond officer and an alleged thief’s really bad timing.
French is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail.