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Vendor accused of stealing Nintendo Switches, beer from local Walmart, having counterfeit cash

The man is a delivery driver for a company in Houston and Walmart officials said the theft was caught on surveillance video.
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Lance Semere, 30, of Houston, is charged with theft of property and two counts of forgery. Semere works as a delivery driver and is accused of stealing items from a Bryan Walmart. He is also accused of having counterfeit cash and other stolen items.

BRYAN, Texas — A delivery driver from Houston is being accused of stealing from a local Walmart and also being in possession of counterfeit cash.

Lance Semere, 30, is charged with theft of property less than $750 and two counts of forgery. He works as a delivery driver out of Houston, he told police.

The asset protection supervisor and the manager at the Walmart on the 2200 block of Briarcrest called police Thursday morning to report the theft. The supervisor told police she had surveillance video that showed Semere making a scheduled delivery at the North Harvey Mitchell Walmart location earlier that morning. She said the video showed Semere taking two Nintendo Switches and three cases of beer and hid them in totes he was supposed to take away from the store.

When Semere arrived at the Briarcrest location, the manager asked to search the returning totes as Semere took other totes into the store. The manager had asked another employee to search those totes for the stolen merchandise. The manager told police the employee found the Nintendo Switches and the beer along with the other scheduled merchandise Semere was to deliver that day.

When Semere was questioned by police, he told them he delivers literature and did not know why the beer and gaming systems would be inside the totes. He told them it is not unusual for other merchandise to be put in the boxes, according to court documents.

When investigators viewed the surveillance video, they could see Semere searching through totes and removing items, but they could not determine the exact merchandise due to the distance from the camera.

Semere was arrested at the Briarcrest location. Police said Semere asked them to remove his personal property, which were two backpacks, from the passenger compartment of the delivery truck. Officers said inside the two backpacks, they found two separate wallets. One of those wallets had an expired driver's license and $420.00 in cash, they said. The other wallet had up to date documents, current debit and credit cards and several bills throughout the pockets of the wallet.

Police said upon further investigation, two of the $20 bills found in Semere's updated wallet were counterfeit.

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Inside the backpack, officers said they found three unopened video game controllers in their boxes, many shrink-wrapped video games for several gaming systems and no receipts for the items.

Semere is currently in the Brazos County Jail on $21,000 bond.

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