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Police: Man threw items over wall to steal from Newport Walmart

A small group of people worked together to try to steal from the Newport Walmart around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to a Rock Hill police report.

A store employee told police she saw Jonathan Kidwell, 36, of Selma, N.C., throwing items over the fence in the store’s Garden Center into shopping carts on the other side. Another employee said the group had tied three shopping carts together and the items they threw into them included Keurig coffee machines, blenders and grills.

The items were valued at more than $1,500.

A woman holding a baby and another man were standing in the area keeping watch, the report stated.

Kidwell and the other two people ran in different directions when confronted by store employees.

When police arrived, they found the man and woman, who told them who Kidwell was and which truck belonged to him. Officers found him hiding in the truck in the parking lot.

Kidwell was arrested and charged with shoplifting and damage to property because he damaged a cloth partition in the Garden Center. The other two people were trespassed from Walmart but were not arrested.

Kidwell was also wanted for felony theft in Dalton County, Ga.

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