A Storm Lake man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from a local convenience store was put on probation this week in Buena Vista County District Court.
29-year-old Albernard Clinton Jr previously pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Fraudulent Practice, a class D felony. The State of Iowa argued for a prison term, but the courts suspended the five-year prison term and he was granted probation. He will be under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.
According to a criminal complaint, Clinton Jr was involved in several transactions at The Brew at 11-hundred East 5th Street in Storm Lake in which he obtained merchandise, but many of the items were voided or not scanned at all. During the course of the first incident on October 16th of last year, Clinton allegedly instructed the store clerk how to void items on the transaction so he didn’t have to pay for them. A total of seven incidents occurred from October 16th through October 24th of last year which resulted in nearly 28-hundred dollars worth of unpaid merchandise.