By Lisa Pett
After at least four coordinated thefts from local Target and Walmart stores, a 34-year-old man from Irma has been arrested for retail theft.
Luke Aitken pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.
According to police records, a loss prevention specialist from Target on Highway 10 reported an unknown person, later identified as Aitken, had removed security devices from several electronic items using a magnetic tool. He would take the items to the men’s restroom, remove the packaging there and then conceal the items in his jacket.
The theft took place in January and March. Aitken was identified using video surveillance from the stores and arrested in Marathon County.
Aitken admitted to stealing merchandise including Sony PlayStation 4 consoles, a Zooti gaming tablet and Beats headphones.
Aitken also told police he suffered from heroin addiction and could not clearly remember all the incidents. He is currently serving a nine-month sentence in Marathon County for a theft committed at Sam’s Club in Wausau.
His defense attorney waived a preliminary hearing and Aitken will be bound over for trial.
One of Aitken’s allegedly accomplices, Amanda Rosnotik, 34, of Baraboo had an adjourned initial appearance on Monday. According to her defense attorney, Rosnotik, recently moved and did not receive her summons.
According to police reports, Rosnotik allegedly appeared on video stealing items from Target and left the store with Aitken in a minivan.
She is scheduled to appear to face retail theft charges on July 27.