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Couple get engaged at Wal-Mart, then get accused of theft

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago January 08, 2016 Jan 8, 2016 Friday, January 08 2016 January 08, 2016 11:43 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow
Image: The Bay City Times

BAY CITY, Mich. - A Michigan couple's engagement is off to a rocky start.

Police say a 25-year-old man proposed marriage to a 20-year-old woman at a Bay City Wal-Mart store in front of employees and other shoppers who congratulated them on Dec. 30.

Court records show Cornelius asked an employee to read a proposal note over the public address system.

But that same night, William Cornelius Jr. later was accused of shoplifting at a nearby store and arrested. Court records show the items included an edible thong and sex toy.

The Bay City Times, citing court records, reports his fiancee admitted stolen jewelry was in her possession.

Cornelius was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge. He couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. His fiancée posted bond before she could be arraigned on any charges.

The newspaper says investigators confirmed Cornelius bought an engagement ring at Wal-Mart for $29.

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