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Alpena man arrested for first degree retail fraud

ALPENA, Mich. — An Alpena man has been charged with first degree retail fraud.   On May 17, a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) was dispatched to the Walmart on M-32 in Alpena for a report of a retail fraud. An associate working in asset protection advised they had surveillance footage of a man identified as 29-year-old Dustin David Gougeon from Alpena, stealing items from the store.

Surveillance footage showed Gougeon coming to Walmart on four separate occasions from April through May, loading items in a shopping cart and leaving without paying for the merchandise. Gougeon had stolen over $1,000 in merchandise. A report was sent to the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant was authorized on August 7, 2021. A trooper saw Gougeon standing alongside M-32 near Bagley on August 28, 2021, and arrested him. He was lodged in the Alpena County Jail.

Gougeon was arranged today in the 88th District Court of Alpena for one count First Degree Retail Fraud, Second or Subsequent Offense and as a Habitual Offender. His bond was set at $5,000 10% cash surety. His next scheduled court appearance on September 28, 2021, at 2:30 p.m.