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Preliminary hearing set for man accused of felony shoplifting

GILLETTE, Wyo. – An alleged shoplifter accused of stealing or attempting to steal over $1,000 in merchandise from a local retailer has been charged with felony theft, Campbell County court records say. 

Steven Dillion is charged with one felony and two misdemeanors for theft with intent to deprive following his March 25 arrest at Walmart after he was recognized by store loss prevention personnel as the suspect in multiple shoplifting incidents, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. 

On the day of his arrest, Dillion reportedly attempted to leave the store with $311 in groceries that he didn’t pay for and ran from a store employee before being stopped by a Gillette Police officer outside, the affidavit states. 

While talking with the officer, Dillion was identified as the suspect in multiple shoplifting incidents between December 2022 and March 2023. Between those dates, Dillion reportedly stole $1,605 in merchandise from Walmart and attempted to steal an additional $550 but was stopped by store staff, according to the affidavit. 

During his interview, Dillion reportedly admitted to the thefts and attempted thefts, stating he took items because “times are tough,” the affidavit states. 

Dillion was arraigned on the charges on March 27 before Circuit Court Judge Wendy Bartlett with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 3 to determine if sufficient probable cause exists to send the case on to District Court for further proceedings.