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Abilene Police: Man arrested after trying to buy TV for less than $2

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 05 2012 10:23:32 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2012 10:34:10 AM CST
William Keltner

An Abilene man was arrested in November 2012 after police said he tried to pass off a TV valued at $228 for less than $2. According to police, 52-year-old William Keltner had been shopping at Walmart on Highway 351 when he removed a barcode tag from a hanger worth only $1.17 and placed it on the TV valued at $228.

ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene man was arrested Friday after police said he tried to pass off a TV valued at $228 for less than $2.

According to police, 52-year-old William Keltner had been shopping at Walmart on Highway 351 when he removed a barcode tag from a hanger worth only $1.17 and placed it on the TV valued at $228.

Keltner allegedly paid for the TV at a self-checkout station and paid the price he had marked. 

Walmart loss prevention personnel detained him in an office and waited for Abilene police to arrive. They said Keltner tried to hide the hanger barcode.

Keltner was arrested and is charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence, state jail felony theft and class A removal of writing. He has previous theft convictions and the theft charge was enhanced.