The Electronics Department Manager at the Dickerson Road Walmart, Paul Ficken, was arrested on Friday evening, after giving a written confession to Wal-Mart Loss Prevention, before being turned over to MNPD for booking. According to records, Ficken had been mis-pricing electronics, including iPad’s & a laptop before purchasing them for himself. Loss Prevention Employees had his written confession and security footage available for MNPD at the time of arrest. These transactions happened between 09/01 & 09/08/17, and the lost/discounted amount was $1469.00 from known transactions.
Ironically, the dates of the thefts (9/01-9/17), happened just one week before Ficken’s ‘staycation’ turned into a vacation with a ‘friend’ to Gatlinburg for few days. While we can’t confirm if he sold the merchandise for a profit or kept it, however the timing seems indicative.
Here’s the full affidavit from the MNPD:
ON 10/13/2017 PD RESPONDED TO 3458 DICKERSON PIKE, A WALMART, IN RESPONSE TO A EMPLOYEE STEALING MERCHANDISE. UPON ARRIVAL PD MADE CONTACT WITH LOSS PREVENTION EMPLOYEES AND MANAGEMENT WHO STATED THEIR NOW FORMER ELECTRONICS MANAGER (THE DEFENDANT) HAD BEEN MISS PRICING MERCHANDISE AND PURCHASING IT. MANAGEMENT STATED THEY HAD CAMERA FOOTAGE AND A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM THE DEFENDANT STATING HE HAD PUT FALSE PRICES ON MERCHANDISE AND PURCHASED THE ITEMS. THE ITEMS THAT WERE PRICED DOWN INCLUDED I PADS AND A LAPTOP. THE BUSINESS STATED IT HAD LOST A TOTAL OF $1469.00 FROM THE TRANSACTIONS, BETWEEN 09/01/2017 AND 09/08/2017.
Ficken was initially set a $2,000 bond, then released on the pre-trial program late Saturday night. He will appear in court on 11/02/17. This is the first case for Ficken in Davidson County.