Galesburg man arrested last week for attempting to steal TVs. – WGIL Radio News

On Wednesday, December 23rd, Galesburg Police were dispatched to Walmart for a retail theft in progress. According to police reports, Walmart store employees observed 39-year old Artavia Gater of Galesburg inside the Garden Center pushing a cart with two 50-inch TVs inside valued at over $630 total. It was later discovered that Gater had cut off security spider wire devices from the TVs while in the Garden Center, but internal security devices triggered the alarm. Employees told police that Gater didn’t seem to mind that employees were suspicious and were following him. Gater then pushed the cart all the way across the store to the west front entrance near the grocery section, where employees were standing. Gater then did an about-face and walked to the east front doors which were closed. Gater manually opened the first set of sliding doors and pushed the cart through. After employees ordered him to stop, Gater abandoned the shopping cart, manually opened the next set of doors, and took off towards a white SUV in the parking lot. GPD then arrived and Gater exited the SUV and took off on foot. After a short chase, Gater was detained. The SUV meanwhile sped off. Gater was charged for Retail Theft over $500 and Resisting a Peace Officer. Gater also had Knox County Warrants for Residential Burglary, Theft, Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Violation of the FOID Card Act with a $20,000 bond. He was transported to the Knox County Jail.