Homeless man arrested at Wal-Mart in Summerfield in attempted theft of dog food and golf cart battery

Alexander Gene Kouse

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrested a homeless man Thursday afternoon at the Summerfield Wal-Mart.

When the deputy arrived at 3 p.m., a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer said he watched 26-year-old Alexander Gene Kouse attempt to leave the store with two items without paying for them, a sheriff’s office report states.

The loss prevention officer at the store, located at 17961 S U.S. Hwy. 27/441, said he saw Kouse attempting to take a golf cart-style battery and a bag of Pedigree dog food. He said he watched him pass “all points of sale” without paying for the items, which were valued at $91.36, the report says.

Kouse was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with larceny/petit theft. He was being held on $500 bond and is due to appear in a Marion County courtroom on Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. to answer to the charge.

Kouse also was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with larceny/grand theft (between $300 and $5,000). He has pleaded not guilty in that case and jury selection for his trial is set to begin on April 15 with Judge Steven Rogers presiding.