Walmart employee caught on camera allegedly stealing video games

Jeff Bobo • Jan 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville Walmart employee allegedly admitted to stealing video games from his department and returning them to exchange for gift cards after a theft was captured on store video surveillance last week.

Dustin Lee Benge, 26, 116 Little Springs Road, Lot 9, Rogersville, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count of felony theft.

He was arrested Dec. 30 after being confronted by store loss prevention officer Mike Campbell with video footage of him taking video games from a secure area Benge had access to as an employee.

When Rogersville police arrived at the store, Benge allegedly admitted to taking games without permission.

He later gave a statement at the jail that he’d taken at least 25 games and returned 14 of them, receiving $368.12 in gift cards which he’d already spent.

Benge said the remaining games he planned to keep for himself.

The total value of the games was $1,392 and included 22 for the XBox 1, two for Playstation 4, and one unknown game.

The remaining games were returned to the store, and Campbell said the store wished to seek restitution.

Benge was released on bond and will appear in Sessions Court again on Feb. 8.

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