Men arrested after Walmart theft

Two Toledo men were arrested Friday morning after a person from Walmart reported the theft of a computer.

Chief Fred Stevens of Tiffin Police Department said Ricky A. Layson, 59, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, theft and two counts of driving under suspension, all first-degree misdemeanors. Stewart D. Smith, 53, was charged with criminal mischief, a second-degree misdemeanor, and obstruction of justice and criminal trespassing, both fourth-degree misdemeanors, he said.

They had a video arraignment in Tiffin Municipal Court Friday afternoon. Bond was set at $35,000 cash or surety for Layson and $20,000 cash or surety for Smith, the chief said.

Both were incarcerated at Seneca County Jail Friday afternoon.

Stevens said the department received a call at 8:48 a.m. Friday about a man taking a computer, getting into a silver F-150 truck and heading toward Bascom and Fostoria.

“We do a pretty good job of responding quickly. Officers converged on Walmart,” he said.

Stevens said Layson left in the truck and was stopped in a Market Street parking lot, and Smith was located walking through Walmart’s parking lot.

“Both subjects were arrested,” he said.

Stevens said both men have extensive criminal records, including robbery and burglary, dating to 1970. Walmart employees identified Layson as the one who stole the computer, he said.

Stevens said the men had other new items that Tiffin’s Walmart personnel believed belonged to a Walmart store in Toledo. They also had keys to John Deere tractors, and a sheathed meat cleaver was found in the truck’s door, he said.

A wrecker was summoned for the truck, according to a police report.

The police department is investigating who owns the vehicle and whether it is stolen, according to a release.