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ELKO – A former Walmart employee was arrested Thursday on charges of burglary and grand larceny after allegedly stealing more than $3,700 worth of cellphones and other electronics from the store.

A police report describes store video and witness descriptions of a male and female entering the store at about 6 a.m. Jan. 17, taking the items and removing them through the garden center where a cut lock and chain were found.

One of the employees recognized Delaney L. Petersen, 28, of Spring Creek as a former co-worker, and spoke to her as she and the male purchased a Mountain Dew and bottle of water using a welfare debit card before leaving the store.

Video also shows the male opening locked cabinets containing cellphones and computer tablets, according to police. Items from the cases were apparently placed in a duffel bag taken from the sporting goods department and then moved to the flower patio in the garden center.

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Items listed by Walmart as stolen were an Apple iPad, two Samsung Chromebooks, Polaroid Snap camera, Canon T6 kit, Nikon lens bundle, Nikon 3400 kit, Canon Elph camera, Apple iPad keyboard, Acer Aspire laptop, Samsung cellphone and two LG cellphones.

Total retail value of the items is $3,743.

Petersen was arrested on Aspen Way on a felony warrant charging burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit burglary. He bail was listed at $32,500.


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