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Deputies: Trespassed man returns to store to steal

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Recently, there was a story about some fans at a Buffalo Bills game who were banned from the stadium for life for throwing a... let's just say a "marital aid" onto the field. When I heard that, I thought, "How would they ever know if those two guys came back to the stadium?" 

They probably wouldn't. It's not like they have facial recognition technology at the gates scanning everyone's face that comes in (yet). The gentlemen could easily get a ticket from a friend, wear a fake mustache and watch the Bills lose as much as they want (I'm an Eagles fan. It's ok for me to make fun of the Bills. The Eagles are the Bills of the NFC, after all). 

Anyway, if you've been banned from a very public place like that, there's probably no real way to enforce that, right? Unless you came back and got caught committing a crime. 

That's what happened Sunday afternoon when a man who had already been trespassed from Walmart, returned to the store in Spokane Valley to steal items. 

Deputies say Walmart Loss Prevention employees were advised by Home Depot loss prevention employees that 33-year-old Michael J. Welp was in the area. Employees told deputies Welp has returned before and knows to get in and out quickly so he doesn't get caught. 

Sunday afternoon, Welp got caught. 

Employees say they observed him walk into the sporting good sections, pick up three items and then head for the exit doors without paying. Employees caught Welp before he left and called deputies. 

Deputies arrived and Welp agreed to answer their questions. According to deputies, Welp said he steals merchandise, then sells it to support himself and his girlfriend. Welp apologized for being in the store, and once deputies learned he had been trespassed from the store, and found the stolen items in his backpack, he was arrested and booked on burglary and theft charges. 

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