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Beatrice Police arrested two men who allegedly left Wal-Mart with more than $2,500 in merchandise in two shopping carts without paying Saturday afternoon.

According to Gage County Court documents, Beatrice Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart for a reported shoplifting at approximately 2:15 p.m. Saturday where a loss prevention employee reported a man, later identified as Matthew A. Shea, 22, left the store pushing two shopping carts full of items he didn't pay for.

Video surveillance confirmed the suspected shoplifting.

The officer later met with Shea at his residence in the 600 block of Arthur Street, where Shea allegedly admitted to the crime.

Shea said he took a portion of the merchandise and put it into his car, while the rest he gave to 42-year-old Corey L. Jones.

Police took Shea to Jones' home in the 800 block of North Sixth Street where they found the remainder of the items.

A 15-year-old was allegedly with the two men when the shoplifting occurred.

Shea was arrested for shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In Gage County Court on Monday, Shea told Judge Steven Timm he takes full responsibility for his actions, saying he was "ashamed" and requested a personal recognizance bond.

Timm set Shea's bond at $5,000, stating that "walking out with two shopping carts is pretty blatant."

Jones was arrested for receiving stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bond was also set at $5,000 on Monday.

Both Shea and Jones will appear in court on August 6.

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