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$12,000 worth of jewelry stolen, suspect arrested

Kmart robbery

Chico police have arrested a man they said tried to steal about $12,000 worth of jewelry.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Kmart on Pillsbury Road in Chico.

Police said they got a report from an employee that the suspect, later identified as Philip Walton, had brandished a handgun after stealing the jewelry.

Walton, 29, reportedly drove away, but officials later found him at his home in Magalia.

They said the weapon reported as a handgun turned out to be a replica BB gun.

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