Man charged after trying to flee Walmart with $1,061 in merchandise

By Billy Ludt


Police charged a Leavittsburg man with theft, abusing harmful intoxicants and possession of drug paraphernalia after he purportedly fled a township department store Wednesday evening.

Police said Randy Pence, 34, attempted to leave Walmart, 6001 Mahoning Ave., with a shopping cart containing unpaid merchandise valued at $1,061, when he was stopped by an employee at the exit.

Police said Pence then ran to a parked vehicle without the products, entered the passenger-side door and Marie Armour, 38, of Newton Falls, drove them off the property.

The report said Armour yelled, “I had nothing to do with this” to the employee as Pence left the store.

Police said they stopped Armour and Pence on state Route 11.

Pence was searched, and when police advised he would be jailed, he said he was having a panic attack, the report said. Police said they called for an ambulance, and EMTs determined Pence had high blood pressure.

Pence was transported to St. Elizabeth Emergency Care in Austintown.

Police found 19 carbon-dioxide cartridges in a container belonging to Pence, the report said. Police said people huff the contents of the cartridges to get high.

Police also cited Armour and Pence for criminal trespass and warned them not to return to the township Walmart.

Pence has an arraignment on the theft and drug charges Monday afternoon at Mahoning County Area Court.

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