Suspect arrested for stealing TVs, computer from Walmart
On Saturday at about 6 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a theft which had just occurred at the Walmart on Niblick Road. The initial investigation revealed that a lone male adult suspect had entered the business and walked directly to the electronics area. Once there, the suspect placed two flat screen televisions and one computer in a shopping basket and walked towards the front exit of the business.
The suspect then walked by the cash registers and as he walked out the front doors with the merchandise, an employee questioned him as to whether he had paid for the items. The suspect walked out of the business to a vehicle parked nearby, followed by two employees who continued to question him. The suspect placed the computer in the trunk of the vehicle but could not fit the televisions into the trunk. The suspect left the televisions behind and jumped into the front passenger seat of the vehicle, which then fled the area. No persons were injured during this event.
Officers completed follow-up investigation by reviewing surveillance video and researching the vehicle’s registration. Based on all of this information, officers were able to identify a suspect who is a resident of the City of Atascadero.
On Sunday officers from the Atascadero Police Department were able to locate this suspect and detain him without incident. This suspect was identified as 25-year-old Kyle James Learmonth. Learmonth was found to be on probation in San Luis Obispo County, so a search was conducted of his residence. The stolen computer was found and later returned to the victim business.
Learmonth was later booked into the SLO County Jail for one count of grand theft.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).