Wal-Mart Theft: Alton Residents Steal Vacuum, Headphones, Return to Store -- With Drugs

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Matthew McDonough
  • Matthew McDonough

If you steal large items from a Wal-Mart, it's perhaps not a great idea to return to the store two days later to steal more goods. But if you must -- maybe try not to be carrying illegal drugs. You know, just in case they noticed you the first time you walked out of the store with stuff you clearly didn't buy. This was the lesson Matthew McDonough, 26, and Wayne Sprinkle, 28, may have learned this weekend when they were caught shoplifting from a Godfrey, Illinois Wal-Mart on Sunday.

McDonough was especially easy to identify, since he had stolen a vacuum cleaner and some headphones two days earlier.

But he was in slightly less trouble than Sprinkle, who had prescription pills on him -- but no prescription.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert late yesterday that the two Alton, Illinois residents were arrested and face felony charges of retail theft over $300.

On Friday, at around 2 p.m, the sheriff's office responded to a retail theft complaint at the Godfrey Road Wal-Mart -- where an officer reported a male suspect entering the business and removing $798.95 worth of merchandise from store shelves.

That subject, who was later identified as McDonough, was seen placing a vacuum cleaner and a pair of headphones in a shopping cart -- and then pushing them out of the store without paying.

Fast-forward to Sunday, at around 6 p.m. when the sheriff's office responded to another complaint of the same suspect returning to the store. This time he had a friend. Deputies met with a "Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer" who directed them to the suspect and the second unknown subject who were both exiting the business.

They didn't make it far.

McDonough was taken into custody in connection with the theft two days prior. Deputies searched Sprinkle's car and found stolen headphones -- which were one of two pairs that the suspects had taken that day. That search also uncovered a prescription pill bottle and plastic bag, which both contained a medication called suboxone. An investigation determined that he was illegally possessing the drug.

That earned Sprinkle an unlawful possession of a controlled substance felony charge, in addition to the retail theft charge.

Both were transported to Madison County Jail. Bond was set at $40,000 for each defendant.

Continue for the full press release and mug shots.

Wayne Sprinkle - MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Madison County Sheriff's Office
  • Wayne Sprinkle
Matthew McDonough - MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Madison County Sheriff's Office
  • Matthew McDonough

The following individuals were charged today in Madison County Circuit Court with felony charges of RETAIL THEFT OVER $300.00:

MATTHEW D. MCDONOUGH MALE AGE: 26 ALTON, ILLINOIS

WAYNE M. SPRINKLE MALE AGE: 28 ALTON, ILLINOIS

On Friday, January 18, 2013, at approximately 2:05 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to Wal-Mart, 6660 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois, in reference to a retail theft complaint. A Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer reported an unknown male suspect entered the business and removed $798.95 worth of merchandise from store shelves. The subject placed a vacuum cleaner and a pair of headphones in a shopping cart and pushed them out of the business without paying for the items.

On Sunday, January 20, 2013, at approximately 5:46 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to Wal-Mart, 6660 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois, in reference to the suspect returning to the store. Deputies met with a Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer who directed them to the suspect and a second unknown subject, who were exiting the business. Deputies made contact with the suspect and the subject with him. The suspect was identified as Matthew D. McDonough. McDonough was taken into custody in connection with the initial retail theft.

The subject with McDonough was identified by deputies as:

WAYNE M. SPRINKLE MALE AGE: 28 ALTON, ILLINOIS

A search of Sprinkle's vehicle resulted in the recovery of a pair of headphones. Deputies learned the headphones were one of two pair that the suspects stole from the Godfrey Wal-Mart at approximate 2:24 p.m. on January 20, 2013.

A search of Sprinkle resulted in the recovery of a prescription pill bottle and plastic bag which both contained the prescription medication suboxone. The investigation revealed that Sprinkle was unlawfully in possession of the suboxone.

Deputies took both men into custody and transported them to the Madison County Jail where they were held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office. Sprinkle was charged with an additional felony charge of UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (SUBOXONE). McDonough was charged with a second felony charge of RETAIL THEFT OVER $300.00 as it relates to the initial theft.

The warrants and criminal informations were issued by the Honorable Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set bond at $40,000.00 on each defendant.

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