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Fenton Police: Man Arrested for Retail Fraud, Church Property Vandalized

Charges for shoplifter could be elevated due to repeated offenses; Fenton police investigating graffiti spray-painted inside church's storage building on Main Street, chief of police says.

A Fenton man, 25, was arrested around 5 p.m. Tuesday for shoplifting at in the 3700 block of Owen Rd., said Chief of Police Rick Aro. Police were dispatched to the store, and an officer met with a loss prevention officer from Wal-Mart, who detained the Fenton resident for shoplifting.

Security told police the subject was involved in several retail fraud cases and had been asked not to enter the store for that reason, Aro said. But the man went into the store on Tuesday and headed to the electronics area, where he opened several PlayStation 3 and Xbox video games, the police report said.

The man then defeated security devices on the games and placed the games in his clothing, leaving the store, Aro said. As he left the store area, security confronted him and brought him back inside.

The Fenton police officer interviewed the man, who admitted to stealing the games, the police chief said. The games were found inside the man's clothing, and he was brought back to the where he was lodged in the holding facility.

Aro said the man will be charged with retail fraud, third degree. He had approximately $200 in video games with him, the police report said.

"We'll seek elevated charges of retail fraud, due to his prior convictions," Aro said.

Church's storage building vandalized

On Thursday, at 7 p.m., Fenton police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Main Street for a destruction of property complaint, said Chief of Police Rick Aro. An officer met with the caretaker for the property, which belongs to a church.

Within the past month, an unknown person or people have forced their way into the storage building and spray-painted graffiti messages inside of it, Aro said.

Police discovered the point of entry was a west side door, where someone broke a door panel, the police report said.

The Fenton police officer found some evidence, and police will attempt to lift latent fingerprints, he said.

"We will be increasing patrols in that area," Aro said.

For more information, email Anna Troppens

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