- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—TWIN FALLS — A Wal-Mart employee was arrested Saturday morning after stealing cash and goods worth more than $4,000, police said.

Corey Wayne Mandis, 18, was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a charge of grand theft.

Police were called to Wal-Mart around 1:30 a.m. Friday by security employees who were talking to Mandis. Mandis had been stealing both cash and merchandise from the store for a couple of months, police said.

By matching security footage with the days registers were reported to be short on cash, employees watched Mandis steal more than $2,700 between July 17 and July 24 including $1,107 on July 23 and more than $1,000 the next day, court documents said.

Mandis was arrested and police asked him to give back some of the stolen property, police said. Mandis had $1,420 in his front pocket he said belonged to the store and, said there was stolen merchandise in his backpack and his car, court documents said.

Mandis led police to about 24 stolen items including phones, a laptop computer, head phones, knives, DVDs and food, police said. The estimated value of the goods was more than $2,300, court documents said.

Mandis also admitted to taking some of the stolen cash to the Jerome Wal-Mart where he purchased a 12 gauge shotgun and case, police said.

Mandis was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 7.


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