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Darrel J. Sharpeson

West Manheim Township Police arrested on Wednesday two men who are believed to be behind a series of retail thefts from Walmart stores in the region.

Darrel J. Sharpeson, 30, of Allentown, and 23-year-old Christopher Dawson, of no fixed address, were arrested at Walmart, 1881 Baltimore Pike, in the township a little after 1 p.m., after an asset protection officer suspected they were shoplifting, police said.

Responding officers searched a rented car the pair had been in and found more than $7,000 worth of merchandise, including iPod Touches, iPads, iPhones and video gaming systems, still in boxes. The goods are believed to have been stolen, police said.

Sharpeson and Dawson allegedly stole the items in a theft spree in which they distracted clerks and took electronics from store display cases, police said.

Sharpeson and Dawson are each charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy, police said.

Both men remain in York County Prison - Dawson on $25,000 bail and Sharpeson on $50,000, a prison official said.

Sharpeson is already wanted in Virginia on a felony warrant, police said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.