Man exiting store with cart of unpaid merchandise pleads guilty to theft charges

A Harrison teenager appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and pled guilty to theft of property charges. He admitted he had loaded merchandise worth about $1,650 in a shopping cart at a local store in mid-February and left the business without making a required trip to the checkout stand.Nineteen-year-old Dylan Moses Montgomery was put on probation for six years and ordered to pay victim restitution of $571. The remainder of the merchandise was recovered.When the theft was reported, Montgomery had left the parking lot with the stolen items. A company store in Harrison had reported also being hit with a theft in which Montgomery had been identified as the perpetrator.

Harrison police set up to intercept the vehicle Montgomery was believed to be driving when in Mountain Home. The vehicle was spotted, stopped and found to be loaded with the stolen goods. During an interview with Montgomery, the teen admitted to investigators he had removed the merchandise from the store without paying.

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