Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On August 12, 2023, a Missoula Police Department officer was called to 3555 Mullan Road, commonly known as Walmart, for a report of a shoplifter. The suspect was later identified as 30-year-old Dalton Whitford. 

When the officer arrived, he spoke with staff in the loss prevention office who informed him that Whitford had been in the store. According to court documents, Whitford allegedly grabbed a speaker off of the shelf, damaged the box to remove the security device, placed the speaker in his bag, and proceeded to pass all points of sale with the item concealed.  

Whitford was stopped by loss prevention and was escorted to their office. The officer was provided documentation of the previous trespass document given to Whitford and also learned that Whitford had been trespassed on April 17, 2023.  

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The officer read Whitford his Miranda Rights and Whitford confirmed he understood. Whitford stated he was aware he had been trespassed from Walmart and acknowledged he knew he could not be there. Whitford further admitted he had removed the security device from the speaker so that the sensors would not go off when he left the store, stating his intention was to not pay for the speaker. The speaker was valued at $44.88.  

During his search incident to arrest, the officer found several needles on Whitford’s person, but Whitford claimed the needles did not belong to him. Whitford was placed under arrest and transported to the Missoula County Detention Center. Whitford is currently being charged with felony burglary.  

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable. 

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