Man pleads guilty to Walmart theft; Committed similar thefts in Rochester

Published 7:28 am Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Aldean Charles Newman, 34, of St. Cloud pleaded guilty to felony theft as part of a plea agreement on Monday in Mower County District Court.

Aldean Charles Newman, 34

Court documents state that Austin police were called on Oct. 19 regarding a theft that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 14 at Walmart. A member of the store’s asset protection team said a male suspect pushed a cart full of merchandise out an emergency door in the lawn and garden department, then went north across 21st Avenue Northwest, near 10th Street Northwest, and hid the items out of view of security cameras. He then said the suspect drove his car to the stolen goods, loaded them into the car and drove away. The only item he could identify was an Omen desktop computer, valued at $1,399.

The asset protection manager at the Rochester North Walmart, who had previously dealt with Newman in similar thefts from the Rochester North and South locations, identified him from the surveillance, according to the court documents.

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A review of Newman’s criminal history shows prior convictions for theft and possession of burglary tools.

Newman will be sentenced at a later date.