Walmart thieves arrested on routine traffic stop in Tipton County

(WMC-TV) - Christopher Palmer, Elvis Hester, and Rodney Williams sat in a Tipton County jail Tuesday after deputies said the three stole thousands of dollars of merchandise from the Dyersburg Walmart.

"The property that was taken was over forty-three hundred dollars worth of property with multiple televisions, flat screen TV's, play station controllers," said Chief Donna Turner of the Tipton County Sheriff's Department.

The three were pulled over on a routine traffic stop early Friday morning.  That's when deputies noticed boxes and boxes of TV's and other high end technology.

"There was a large amount of electronic equipment, TV's in large boxes that had security devices on them," Turner said.

Now, deputies believe the three are also responsible for a similar theft at the Walmart in Cordova. Surveillance video from there shows one of the suspects crawling through the ceiling to get out of the store.

"Detectives were able to look at the surveillance video," Turner said. "They were still wearing the same clothing they had on in the video from the War Mart in Dyersburg.

Detectives say the three would fill their baskets up, disarm the fire alarm in the automotive department, and walk right out the door with the stolen goods.

Tipton County sheriff's deputies are working with deputies in Shelby County to determine if the three will face similar theft charges here.

Officials say these same three are also tied to similar crimes in Jackson, Tennessee, in Arkansas, and in Mississippi.

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