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UPDATE: Man arrested in Dalton Walmart theft

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UPDATE: The Dalton Police Department arrested 37-year-old Jason Lamar Benton Thursday on felony theft charge after Benton stole electronics and toys from Walmart.

Benton committed the theft in the early morning hours of August 28 at the Shugart Rd. Walmart where he cut a hole in the fence near the garden center and loaded the stolen items into a minivan.

The stolen items, which included televisions and computers, were valued at $2,418.01.

On Tuesday, the Dalton police released surveillance pictures of the crime to area media outlets and immediately received a large number of tips from the public identifying the suspect as Benton.

Benton made arrangements with a detective to surrender and turned himself in Thursday afternoon. The Dalton Police Department thanks everyone who called in with information about this case. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Dalton Police are seeking help in identifying a man who cut a hole in a Walmart fence to steal items.

The theft happened on August 28 between 1:40 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. at the Shugart Road Walmart. Police say a white male drove a silver minivan, possibly a Honda Odyssey, pulled up to a wall of the store and cut a hole in the fence of the lawn and garden section. He then parked the minivan, and went into the store and used shopping carts to load items near the fence. After exiting the store, the man then loaded the items into the van. He then repeated the process. 

The stolen merchandise is valued at over $2,000 and includes HP desktop computers, a TV, seven different Lego items, and three Marvel action figures.

The suspect is a white male, appearing to be in his mid to late 30s, with brown hair. 

If you know the suspect or have any information in this case, contact Dalton Police, at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 158 for Detective Sam Eaton.

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