CENTERVILLE — Centerville police arrested a 37-year-old Salt Lake City man last week after a Walmart asset protection officer recognized him as the person they believed had been switching UPC codes on items in the store.
Michael Cary Newbold was booked into the Davis County Jail on charges of possessing forged documents, felony evading, retail theft and driving on a suspended license, and on a warrant out of Oregon, according to a press release from the Centerville Police.
Police were inside the Walmart investigating a previously reported crime when the security officer observed Newbold enter the store on the surveillance system. The officer allegedly recognized Newbold as the person they believed was switching UPC codes on items in the store.
The officer told police and then watched as Newbold selected items in the store, including a set of vehicle lights valued at $43. According to the press release, Newbold then paid for some of the items and left the store. The AP officer alerted police to the alleged theft.
A police officer on foot then confronted Newbold in the parking lot as he was preparing to drive away, the press release continues, but as police tried to stop him, Newbold fled towards Parrish Lane. Newbold was apprehended in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.
Officers allegedly found five fraudulent drivers licenses on Newbold and several UPC codes cut from paper in his car.
According to a recent FBI report, Centerville had the highest rate of property crime compared to its population among Davis County cities. Read an analysis of that report here.