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Man smashes 8 TVs in Walmart with a bat

A man allegedly walked into the south Medford Walmart Tuesday afternoon, grabbed a baseball bat from the store's sporting goods section and used it to whale on several flat-screen televisions.

Bruce Garrett Warren, 36, no known address, caused about $5,500 in damages during the 3 p.m. outburst in the store's electronics section but did not menace any customers before walking out of the store and pedaling around the store's parking lot on a bicycle, Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis said.

"One of the witnesses watched him ride around the parking lot and then return to the front of the store," Curtis said. "It didn’t appear he was trying to flee."

Police arrived just about the same time Warren returned to the store's entrance, Curtis said. He was arrested on first-degree criminal mischief charges without incident, remaining mum about his reasons for destroying the electronics.

"When the officers did try to talk to him he declined to comment," Curtis said, adding Warren provided arresting officers with a Michigan identification.

The eight televisions he destroyed included brands such as Samsung, Vizio and LG, Curtis said.

Warren was no longer listed Wednesday morning in the Jackson County Jail, according to jail records. He does not appear to have a criminal history in Oregon, court records show.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Bruce Garrett Warren [Medford police]
A TV damaged in Walmart was one of eight when a man allegedly struck the electronics with a bat Tuesday afternoon. [Medford police]