Jun 10, 2024

Salina man arrested for alleged aggressive theft incident at Walmart

Posted Jun 10, 2024 4:59 PM
Salina Police Department entrance 
Salina Police Department entrance 

Salina Post

A man is in the Saline County Jail after a confrontational theft at the Salina Walmart on Saturday, June 8. 

According to Salina Police Cpt. James Feldman, officers were sent to the Salina Walmart, 2900 South Ninth Street, after asset protection personnel at the store observed a suspect, identified as Jeremiah Loneelk, a 37-year-old of Salina, placing items into a reusable shopping bag and leaving without paying. Employees asked him to return.

Loneelk, Jeremiah Seth
Loneelk, Jeremiah Seth

"He [Loneelk] became aggressive and combative towards the Walmart employee attempted to storm past the employee and stepped on the employee's right foot," Feldman said. "A customer observed this and went to assist the employee when our suspect became aggressive towards him."

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Feldman said the customer was holding a bag of items he had purchased when the suspect ripped it out of his hands and began stamping on it. Loneelk fled the scene and was found in the area of Virginia Drive and Carriage Court in Salina. 

Feldman said officers took Loneelk into custody without incident. 

Feldman said the requested charges for Loneelk include robbery, battery, theft and criminal damage to property.