October 22, 2014

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Wal-Mart worker’s husband spending Black Friday in jail

MEDINA — A 51-year-old Medina man convicted of lying to a Wal-Mart manager that a group of people was planning to sabotage the store on Black Friday 2012 will spend this Black Friday in jail.

In addition to the single day in jail, Arthur DeThomas, of 823 Oak St., also will spend two years on probation and owes $1,225 in restitution to Wal-Mart. While on probation, he is barred from entering the Medina Township Wal-Mart store on Pearl Road.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on Monday also ordered DeThomas to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing and to pay a $40 monthly supervision fee.

DeThomas was arrested after he told the store manager a group of people planned to shut off water to the store and cut off the electricity so they could steal from the store during the panic.

The FBI and Medina Township police investigated but found no evidence to back up DeThomas’ story.

In court, DeThomas said he heard a story on the radio about overzealous Black Friday shoppers and lied to the manager to get his wife off work that day so she would be safe.

DeThomas originally pleaded not guilty in July, but changed his plea to no contest as part of a plea deal and was convicted in October.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.