Bellefonte man stole $575 in merchandise from store, police say

A Bellefonte man is facing felony theft charges after a reported incident at Wal-Mart.

According to the criminal complaint, Dominick Garretson, 37, was taken into custody Tuesday at the North Atherton Street Wal-Mart after attempting to leave the store with about $575 in merchandise. Garretson reportedly said he received an email asking him to be a “secret shopper,” seeking out loss-prevention workers and establishing flaws in the loss-prevention system.

Garretson was also found with a small jar of white powder that field-tested positive for amphetamine, police said. It was sent to a lab for further testing.

Garretson was charged with a felony count of retail theft and misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.