Wal-mart worker charged in theft of $50,000 worth of goods

URBANA — An Urbana man who was allegedly stealing merchandise from his employer and selling it for cash has been criminally charged in Champaign County with theft.

John Clapp, 26, who listed an address in the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue, was charged in early May and a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Wal-mart at 2610 N. Prospect Ave., C.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Clapp worked unloading trucks and stocking shelves at the discount store. Between early December and late March of this year, he allegedly stole about $50,000 worth of items, mostly electronics, and told Champaign police that he sold them to another man for about 20 percent of their value.

He admitted taking 20 iPad Minis from the store on Dec. 14. Police recovered some of those and other electronic items, worth a total of $7,400, from his apartment, Weber said.

The thefts were discovered by Wal-mart security employees, Weber said, who contacted Champaign police.

Clapp was charged with theft of items between $500 and $10,000, based on the value of the stolen items that were recovered in his apartment.

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