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MATTOON -- Police officers have arrested two Mattoon residents for allegedly attempting to steal merchandise from Walmart.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Dusty D. Kamalii-Stites, 40, and Nicholas J. Jones, 29, were both arrested on preliminary charges of burglary, and that Kamalii-Stites also faces a preliminary charge of methamphetamine possession. They were both arrested before 9 p.m. Monday at Walmart, 101 Dettro Drive.

The charges against Kamalii-Stites allege that she removed packaging and price tags from merchandise and concealed them on her person with the intent to steal these items from Walmart. The charges also allege that after being apprehended for the shoplifting incident, Kamalii-Stites was found to be in possession of meth.

Jones allegedly removed packaging from a wrist watch and concealed it on his person with the intent to steal this item. He also allegedly assisted Kamalii-Stites in concealing items. Both Kamalii-Stites and Jones were taken to the jail.

Regarding other arrests, Mattoon residents Crystal L. Burch, 38, and Bradley A. Keller, 39, were both arrested on preliminary charges of burglary. They were both arrested before 4 p.m. Tuesday at the police station.

Burch and Keller allegedly entered storage units not belonging to them in the 1100 block of South 19th Street and stole items from there throughout January. They were taken to the jail.

Separately, Tonya D. Brown, 41, of Mattoon was arrested on a preliminary charge of felony theft. The arrest occurred at 8:18 p.m. Monday at the police station. Brown allegedly stole more than $500 worth of lottery tickets from Motomart, 513 S. 21st St., while on duty there on Sunday. She was taken to the jail.


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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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