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MSP: Kalkaska Man Arrested for Retail Fraud

A 43-year-old Kalkaska man has been arrested for retail fraud at the Alpena Walmart, according to Michigan State Police.

Troopers say in Aug. 2021, an asset protection associate from Walmart in Alpena came to the MSP Alpena Post to make a report of retail fraud.

Troopers say the associate was reviewing surveillance video from July an had witnessed someone removing barcodes from less expensive items and placing them on higher priced products.

The person then went to the self-checkout register and scanned the items.

Additionally, they say the items registered at checkout didn’t match what he as scanning, and one item was not scanned at all.

Troopers identified the man as 43-year-old Niklos Dunlop from a previous retail fraud arrest at the same Walmart in July.

A report was sent to the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office, and an arrest warrant was authorized on Sept. 17, 2021.

Dunlop was arrested by the MSP Seventh District Fugitive Team on Jan. 6, and was lodged in the Alpena County Jail.  He was arraigned Friday in the 88th District Court for one count first degree retail fraud.

Dunlop is due back in court in mid-January.

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