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Archive for Monday, June 4, 2012

Man accused of shoplifting, then biting Walmart employee

June 4, 2012, 11:14 a.m. Updated June 4, 2012, 4:28 p.m.

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A 36-year-old Overland Park man was arrested Sunday afternoon after police said he bit an employee at Walmart, 3300 Iowa, in the “chest and biceps, causing significant injury.”

The employee had stopped the man, Michael Joe Trogdon, about 1 p.m. because he was suspected of shoplifting.

“When stopped, he resisted detention by the Walmart employee,” and that’s when the biting began, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of aggravated battery and theft. According to Douglas County District Court records, prosecutors have charged Trogdon with misdemeanor battery and felony theft, because he has at least two prior theft convictions. He’s accused of stealing a drug urinalysis test kit and headphones, according to the charges.

McKinley said the items were valued at $50 total.

Trogdon’s bond was set at $5,000 during a Monday court appearance.

His next hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Reporter George Diepenbrock contributed.

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thuja 1 year, 10 months ago

The only thing I like about Wal-Mart is they have supplies for fishing.

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cantbelieveit08 1 year, 10 months ago

You all are ignorant. The man was suspected of shoplifting the employees didn't identify themselves he only bit the one guy after his arm was around the suspects neck. No bath salts were involved. Too bad nobody asked any witnesses huh???

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consumer1 1 year, 10 months ago

I am reposting this because the above poster inadvertently hit on my meaning.

"So, I have another direction to send this story. Because the guy used his teeth to commit a crime, shoud he have his teeth removed or taken away? Or, in general, should we ban or outlaw teeth to prevent more toothy crimes from happening?"

This was a spoof to the proponents of taking guns away from citizens. Because they believe the gun commits the crime. If this is true, we should take people's teeth away.

Take the teeth away because they commit crimes, and then only criminal would have teeth!

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Stand your ground. And get bit?

All walmart employees should be come CCL'ers and just shoot the biters. Stand your ground.

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

Personally I enjoy a romp through Wallyworld once in a while. Also grab a sandwich from McDonald's once a month or so.

There is a reason why they both are number one in the field worldwide in respective business categories.

In the case of Lawrence Wallyville is the one and only multi-genre store.

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brewmaster 1 year, 10 months ago

Wallyworld security personnel must be slightly more knowledgable and customer focused than their regular employees. Typically, Wallyworld employees are not aware that people are present in the store even during check out.

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akt2 1 year, 10 months ago

I heard on a radio news report that he was trying to shoplift a home drug detection kit and headphones.

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ottawaway 1 year, 10 months ago

Well about the 1st time someone bit me they wouldn't have any teeth left to bite me again. Job or no job.

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simplykristib 1 year, 10 months ago

Human bites are the worst bites.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't shoot until you see the whites of their teeth

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consumer1 1 year, 10 months ago

Papers all over the country are reporting very vicious attacks by biting. The perp admits to using these bath salts prior to assaulting someone by chewing on their face.

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0day 1 year, 10 months ago

funny thing is that most people think the bath salts all these kids are taking is actually the bath salts people put in their bath water. lol.

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consumer1 1 year, 10 months ago

So, I have another direction to send this story. Because the guy used his teeth to commit a crime, shoud he have his teeth removed or taken away? Or, in general, should we ban or outlaw teeth to prevent more toothy crimes from happening?

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Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

Later, when questioned, the man admitted he wasn't taking more baths than usual, but instead stated that the stolen bath salts tasted good on fowl and were his secret ingredient in roasted duck. As the interview ended, the man admitted shoplifting at walmart was tasteless, but then described the employee as "flavorful" but that he "would have enjoyed them better with soy sauce". The man said he made a mental note to shoplift some Kikoman along with bath salts next time.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 10 months ago

I hope the bites didn't break the skin. I worked with a guy years ago who was bitten by a shoplifter. He had to have all kinds of shots, and had to get a court order to get the woman to be tested for HIV. Worse than a dog bit.

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consumer1 1 year, 10 months ago

Army wife, replace the word, Liability with the word Life above...

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armywife 1 year, 10 months ago

Walmart, just like a lot of stores has a loss preventition team that deals solely with employee theft, shoplifting, damaged merchandise and anything else that would fall into this category. The unfortunate reason why some employee's (not loss prevention) are getting reprimanded by their employer for stepping up and stopping shoplifters or robberies is that they aren't trained to handle those particular situations. Those companies that don't have trained employee's in this department advise them to refrain from doing anything because it's not worth the employee's life to stop someone from shoplifting or robbing the business.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 10 months ago

"You know it was a good day if you didn't hit or bite anyone." - Nathanial Parizek, age 4

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

I recently witnessed a shoplifter try to take an automotive battery out the front door at Wally/6th. When confronted he threw the first punch. Although he easily stood half a foot taller and outweighed the store employee by 40 pounds the employee had him under control on the floor in seconds. Not his first rodeo.

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somedude20 1 year, 10 months ago

That bites! I wonder what he was trying to steal...guess it wan't poligrip

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0day 1 year, 10 months ago

store employees are not supposed to confront the shoplifter. he should be fired and it is his own fault for his injuries.

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g_rock 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe he was shoplifting doggie treats, toys and bones and just got confused? Also, he totally could be a werewolf. Just sayin.....you all always jump to the zombie thing! Gosh.

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consumer1 1 year, 10 months ago

So when a shopper/ private citizen is in wal mart, if the store employee thinks he has shop lifted, that store employee can lawfully and physically accost, and try to detain the shopper?? What rights do the shoppers have if the employee cannot prove theft??? Assault and battery on the shopper? A false imprisonment law suite?

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beatrice 1 year, 10 months ago

Rule to live by during the coming Zombie Apocolypse -- You never have to reload a machete.

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Andini 1 year, 10 months ago

Overland Park = The new Topeka.

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weiser 1 year, 10 months ago

Help take a bite out of crime!

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

autie - Probably just returned from Miami. The outbreak seems to have started there.

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Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't bite the hand that detains you.

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Zombies from the OP?

Topeka, yes. K.C., maybe///but the OP?

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Dear God! The zombies are here! Run for your lives!!!

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toe 1 year, 10 months ago

Biting and eating people are the new weapon of choice these days. I expect Home Land Security to start dental exams and locking mouth guards on planes.

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