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Video-game theft spree laid to 2 suspects

Video-game thefts that plagued more than a dozen Walmarts across Indiana this summer, including some Fort Wayne stores, have been pinned on two 20-year-old men, according to Allen Superior Court documents.

A Fort Wayne police investigation led to charges against Justin Anderson, of the 3600 block of Live Oak Boulevard, and Jacob Barkley, whose address was not listed in court papers. They each face felony counts of corrupt business influence and theft.

According to court documents, Barkley and Anderson went into a Meijer store in Fort Wayne about 3:15 a.m. July 9 and took a key for removing alarm devices from merchandise. Then from July 15 to Sept. 23, they used the key to steal video games, software and electronics from Walmarts in Columbia City, Fort Wayne, Angola, Plymouth, Goshen, Elkhart, Marion, Kendallville, Camby, Beech Grove, Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Decatur, Auburn and Wapakoneta, Ohio, court documents said.

The goods stolen were worth a total of $13,023. Many of the thefts were captured by surveillance cameras, court documents stated.

The men, who have warrants for their arrests, were not in custody Friday.