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Man Arrested for Stealing iPads from Mall Store on Christmas Eve

By FOX 40 Staff.
Johnson City Police have arrested a man for stealing $1,200 worth of iPad’s on Christmas Eve.

Richard E. Vanleuven, 23, is accused of stealing three iPad mini 2’s from the Verizon store in the Oakdale Mall. According to police, prior to their arrival, Vanleuven was escorted back to the store by employees and turned over the iPad’s which he had hid under his jacket. Vanleuven then tried to leave the store.

Employees were assisted by an unknown customer who kept Vanleuven at the store until police arrived.

Vanleuven was arrested and is facing Grand Larceny charges. He was later released on an appearance ticket.