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St. Matthews Police seeking suspect in Best Buy thefts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say he has walked out of local Best Buy stores with at least $250,000 in merchandise.

The most recent theft happened at a Best Buy in St. Matthews. Police say surveillance video shows Wallace Sanders casually walking into the store and then running out with the merchandise in a bag.

We know the store as "Best Buy," but police say Sanders doesn't "buy" anything.

"He enters the store, knows exactly what it is that he's going after, in our cases, it was laptop computers," said Det. Dennis McDonald, with St. Matthews Police.

Police say the surveillance video shows Sanders and a female walking into the Shelbyville Road location on July 12.

"Usually has a shopping bag with him, places those items in that shopping bag and then runs, flees from the store immediately," said Det. McDonald. "So he is in and out in less than a couple of minutes."

Det. McDonald says Sanders' crime spree is not just limited to the Shelbyville Road location.

"Best Buy estimates that Wallace Sanders is responsible for at least 30 separate thefts from Best Buy stores in St. Matthews, Louisville and Clarksville, Indiana."

And police say Sanders is getting away with some big ticket items. "Those thefts total approximately $250,000."

McDonald says the video also shows Sanders and his female accomplice leaving the store in a hurry.

"They're both running once they leave the store," McDonald said. "She may or may not be involved, but she is certainly somebody that we want to talk to."

Meanwhile, St. Matthews Police aren't the only ones looking for Sanders.

"He's also wanted by several other police agencies for theft-related charges, escape and drug related charges," McDonald.

Police believe once Sanders leaves the store, he turns the merchandise into cash; but how is still a mystery.

"It is possible that he is connected in some way to some organized crime, it's also very likely that he's just turning around and selling these items on the street."

Anyone with information about Sanders or the female in the video is asked to contact St. Matthews Police detectives at 502-893-9000.

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