Man arrested for stealing over $700 in merchandise from Sayre Walmart, provided false name

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February 04 2022 08:00 am

An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information regarding the person arrested due to a factual error by the Athens Township Police Department that has been confirmed by the District Attorney’s Office. The information below is now correct and we apologize for the error.

SAYRE, Pa. (WETM) – Joseph Shultze was arrested by Athens Township Police for allegedly stealing over $700 worth of merchandise from the Sayre Walmart and providing police with a false identity.

Officers responded to the Sayre Walmart for reports of a white male who stole several items and was last seen walking behind a garage. Officers located Schultze hiding behind the garage and arrested him after he briefly resisted.

Officers located a black iPhone 12, a Bluetooth speaker, and multiple hypodermic needles either in Schultze’s possession or in the area near where he was hiding.

Walmart Asset Protection told police Schultze went into a bathroom with the speaker and phone but came out with them concealed in his clothes. The two items were worth $775, according to Walmart Asset Protection.

Schultze was charged with retail theft, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held on $75,000 bail and has a hearing scheduled for Dec. 21, 2021.

The Bradford County District Attorney’s Office tells 18 News that Schultze provided the name of Kevin Roach at the time of his arrest. The District Attorney’s Office says after a fingerprint scan they realized Schultze was not actually Roach and that Schultze had several warrants out for his arrest in Broome County.

The District Attorney’s Office says all charges will be dropped against Roach after police mistakenly identified him.

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