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WILKES-BARRE — Minutes after police released a man they arrested on retail theft charges at one store, he allegedly walked into another store and again left with merchandise he didn’t pay for.

City police cited James Keethe, 54, of Wilkes-Barre, with retail theft after he allegedly left the CVS pharmacy at 351 S. Main St. with several items that he didn’t pay for at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Keethe was processed at police headquarters, issued a summary retail theft citation, issued a “No Trespass” notice for CVS property and released, police said.

Not long after that, police responded to Boscov’s department store at 15 S. Main St. for a report of a man removing two comforters from a display case and leaving the store without paying for them. Security personnel chased after the man, but couldn’t locate him.

Upon reviewing surveillance video, an officer recognized the man taking the comforters as Keethe, police said.

The following afternoon, the officer who recognized Keethe from the video saw him walking on CVS property, which, police said, was in direct violation of the “No Trespass” notice.

Keethe was again taken into custody and charged with a misdemeanor count of retail theft and a summary count of trespass. Arraignment and bail information was unavailable Thursday night.

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