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Fugitive wanted in Illinois arrested in Brookhaven on shoplifting charges

An fugitive is awaiting extradition after a shoplifting incident in Brookhaven this week revealed he was wanted on charges in Illinois.

Michael Colberg, 28, was detained Wednesday afternoon by a Walmart Asset Protection employee for allegedly stealing a hair iron, said Capt. Clint Earls with the Brookhaven Police Department.

When officers checked Colberg’s identification through the National Crime Information Center, he was flagged by the system as a fugitive out of Illinois. Earls did not know how long Colberg had been wanted or for what charge.

With Walmart’s assistance, officers located a red Chevy Aevo in the parking lot that Colberg was driving. Another NCIC check revealed the car was stolen.

A passenger in the car was listed on NCIC as a missing juvenile from Illinois, Earls said.

The car was impounded and Colberg was taken into custody.

The juvenile is in the care of the Lincoln County Department of Human Services’ Child Protection Services, he said.

Illinois is sending someone to Lincoln County to pick him up, but Earls did not know when.

Colberg and the juvenile are believed to have been passing through Lincoln County on their way to Florida and stopped in Brookhaven because they were running low on fuel, Earls said.