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A 54-year-old Westland man was arraigned Tuesday on theft charges after he allegedly snatched a "Children's Miracle Network" donation bin from a Livonia Walmart, according to police.

Mark Wilson allegedly took the 3-foot-tall donation canister around 9:45 p.m. Sept. 20, police said. The bin was located near the front of the store at 29555 Plymouth.

He is accused of putting the donations in a shopping cart, pushing it outside, and loading it into the bed of his pickup. He was confronted by Walmart loss prevention employees, who recovered the bin and contacted police.

Wilson initially was allowed to leave the scene as investigators built their case, Capt. Robert Nenciarini said. He later was arrested at his home.

The defendant was charged with larceny under $200, a 93-day misdemeanor, police said. He was arraigned in 16th District Court and given a bond of $9,000, 10 percent.

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