(LINTON) - An 18-year-old Illinois man was arrested and quickly convicted of stealing several packs of a popular strategy card games, condoms and personal sex devices from the Linton Super Walmart store last week.
Noah A. Wurl, of Altamont, Ill., was arrested by Linton Police Officer Brock Garrison in the early morning hours last Sunday.
Nick Schneider, of the Greene County Daily World reports, Wurl was observed by Walmart asset protection personnel concealing items in his clothing. When he exited the store without paying, he was confronted by Garrison.
Wurl was found to be in possession of several packs of Yu-Gi-Oh game cards, condoms and what police described as "personal sex devices," according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Garrison.
Yu-Gi-Oh is a card game of strategy, where players create individual decks of cards collected from structure decks and booster packs. Two players engage in a duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical spells and surprising traps, according to Yu-Gi-Oh's game card website http://www.yugioh-card.com.
Wurl made an initial appearance in Greene Circuit Court by video link from the county jail on Monday morning and waived his right to a trial and admitted to the theft crime, which was reduced from a Class D felony to a Class A misdemeanor.
Circuit Judge Erik Allen accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Wurl to 180 days in the county jail; gave him credit for two days served and suspended 174 days.
Wurl, who served four additional days in jail, was then placed on probation.
This is the second recent shoplifting arrest at Super Walmart for theft of game playing cards.
On April 12, William S. Wilson, of Bloomfield, after he was allegedly observed by a store asset protection employee trying to conceal in his clothing "Magic: The Gathering" playing cards, also a widely played trading card game, was arrested.
He was charged with theft, a class D felony.
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