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Muscle Car Links Sussex Man to Shoplifting, Police Say

Sussex man is charged in Franklin shoplifting incident after police say he flees the scene in a AMC Javelin.

A 26-year-old Sussex man was traced back to a shoplifting caper in Franklin after police say he decided to drive a collectible muscle car to the crime.

John E. Ingham was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Saturday with one count of felony retail theft. If convicted, he faces up to 1 1/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Sept. 14, a security officer at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St., Franklin, spotted Ingham inside the store with $663 in merchandise inside a shopping cart, then push the car out of the store without paying.

The security officer confronted Ingham, who fled the scene in what the security officer described as an older muscle car.

On Sept. 15, Ingham was pulled over by Menomonee Falls police officers driving a black and orange AMC Javelin.

The license plate for the car matched that of the one fleeing Walmart and Ingham was wearing the same shoes as he did at the theft.

His father was also in the car and wearing a hat Ingham had been wearing during the shoplifting incident as well. Ingham is currently out of custody, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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