IRON MOUNTAIN - A Norway man accused of stealing from the Iron Mountain Walmart store on multiple occasions in late June has entered not guilty pleas to his charges.
Steven Earl Gerow, 24, is now scheduled for a pre-trial in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Sept. 8.
Gerow faces two felony counts of retail fraud-first degree and one misdemeanor count of retail fraud-second degree. He is also listed as a habitual offender-third.
If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison.
The charges against Gerow stem from alleged incidents that occurred on June 20, 21, and 24.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, loss prevention personnel at Walmart informed the Iron Mountain Police Department that a series of thefts had taken place.
Personnel claimed to have observed Gerow on at least three separate occasions as he concealed various electronic merchandise, then attempted to leave the store through a locked exit.
Iron Mountain Police Department officers were on scene for one of these incidents, during which they observed a male suspect, identified as Gerow, running away from loss prevention employees. He was arrested by the officers without incident a short time later.
Subsequent investigation led to the recovery of several thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise from a residence in Norway, said officers.
Merchandise included video game consoles, video games, an LCD TV, a computer, cell phones, pet supplies, outdoor equipment, and other miscellaneous items.
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