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Bedford man arrested at Sam’s Club with stolen boots, backpack of electronics

A Bedford man was arrested for theft Tuesday night after walking through Sam’s Club wearing stolen boots and toting a backpack police say he didn’t intend to pay for.

Christopher Wright, 44, was reportedly lying on a metal cart between Rural King and Sam’s Club on West State Road 45 when an onlooker called police.

The witness was a Rural King employee who told officers Wright seemed drunk and looked like he had a knife.

When officers arrived, Wright was walking around Sam’s Club in Carhartt boots he is accused of stealing from Rural King. The boots were worth $144.99.

He was also wearing a white backpack that Sam’s Club employees said belonged to the store.

The backpack was valued at $39 and was filled with $224 worth of other Sam’s Club items including wireless headphones, sunglasses and a Power Boost XL microphone.

Wright told officers he planned to pay for the items, but he didn’t have any money on him. He said he was waiting for a friend to come help him out.

When police searched him, they located a knife in his pocket.

Wright was arrested on preliminary charges of theft and attempted theft. He also had an outstanding warrant for a prior theft charge.

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