A Westfield man has been charged on a variety of offenses in connection with events on Wednesday at the Mount Airy Walmart.
According to information supplied by Mount Airy Police Officer Carlos Garcia, Lloyd Baker III of 130 Chimney Rock Lane, Westfield, had sought to return a television set at the store’s customer service desk. Authorities indicated that the television had been purchased last year.
Reportedly, Baker was informed this was outside of the store’s return policies time-period and could not be taken back by the store. An unidentified customer service representative was reportedly going to attempt to contact the manufacturer of the television to get information to help Baker in the matter.
Garcia said at some point Baker left the customer service area and walked to the store’s sporting goods area where he picked up a baseball bat and returned to the service desk. Baker then used the baseball bat to smash items including the service desk cash registers, credit card readers and computers. He next left the store and went into the woods. According to Garcia, Baker was later apprehended in a cow pasture.
The estimated amount of damages to the customer service area has been set at $8,800.
Baker has been charged with disorderly conduct, damage to property, felony damage to non-government computers and has been charged with communicating a threat to Walmart Loss Prevention Officer Cameron Reid. Garcia reports that the incidents were all caught on the store’s surveillance system.