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Tennessee State Troopers Arrest Man Suspected of Stealing Nearly $1,000 in Video Game Merchandise

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 11:10am

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee state troopers have arrested a man suspected of stealing nearly $1,000 in video game merchandise following a traffic stop on Interstate-40 in Cumberland County.

Troopers arrested the driver of the vehicle, Christopher Nolan, on a felony theft of property charge and transported him to the Putnam County Jail.

Last week, Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction Plus Trooper Michael Loftis stopped Nolan’s vehicle for a speeding violation on east bound I-40 near mile marker 307, between Cookeville and Crossville. When Nolan could not produce a driver license, Trooper Lofits and his partner, Trooper Michael Robertson, were granted consent to search the vehicle. They discovered, packed inside a plastic trash container, several new electronic devices, including PlayStation units, video game remote controllers, remote headphone sets, and computer power adapters. Further investigation revealed the items had been recently stolen from the Cookeville Walmart. The total value of the video game merchandise is approximately $979.

Two passengers inside the vehicle were not arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

A jail photo of Nolan is available from the Putman County Sheriff’s Department.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.   

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