Shoplifters Beware

(Cody, Wyo.) – Basin Reboot was in Court on February 8, two local men were sentenced in Circuit Court to fines and jail time for shoplifting from the Cody Wal-Mart. Cage Preston Johannsen, age 21 of Clark was placed on probation, fined a total of $490 and sentenced to 10 days in jail for a $4.00 theft from the store. Adam Edward Denney, age 23 of Cody was also placed on probation, fined $690 and sentenced to 60 days in jail for a $24.00 theft. Adam Denney's affidavit of probable cause was read in part by the county prosecutor at the hearing. Denney appeared to have made incriminating statements to police after his apprehension. In referencing a previous arrest in Colorado for shoplifting, Denney stated that " Wal-Mart makes it to easy," Denney tried to defend his statement in court to Judge Waters adding that when he is confronted by police he gets nervous and "runs his mouth." In sentencing the men, Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters stated that he wanted to send a clear message that stealing from Wal-Mart has got to stop. “Wal-Mart has become quite a target around town for almost everybody that wants to pull a fast one,” commented Judge Waters. “Some big ticket items are going out the door and some little ticket items are going out the door. And when that happens, consumers end up paying more for what they purchase.” One other man was in court that morning on a shoplifting charge. Due to another crime he was being charged with and was pleading not guilty to, was advised by Waters to speak with an attorney before entering a guilty plea for shoplifting. Wal-Mart has a "prosecute everything" policy (as do many retailers). If they catch you, the police are going to be called, and you're going to be cited or jailed. Sheriff Scott Steward also commented that potential thieves should think twice before deciding that an item they might consider of little value is worth the potential fines, jail time and criminal record. “And that not only applies to Wal-Mart but also to any business in Park County,” continued Steward. “If you are caught shoplifting, you will be prosecuted.” #reboot #news