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Man convicted of robbing Branson Wal-Mart last January

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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 11:49 am

FORSYTH — A Republic man has been found guilty of second-degree robbery for a Jan. 13, 2012, crime at the Branson Wal-Mart Supercenter.

According to Jeff Merrell, Taney County prosecuting attorney, Patrick Haubbert, 37, was found guilty Dec. 19.

According to the Missouri Courts website, Haubbert was arraigned in September and waived his right to a jury trial, instead opting for a bench trial before Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr.

Orr found Haubbert guilty following a trial in late November.

Merrell said Haubbert entered the Branson Wal-Mart and concealed a digital compass in his coat pocket.

Three loss prevention employees approached Haubbert about the unpaid merchandise as he made his way out of the store.

“Haubbert pushed his way through the employees, nearly knocking one of them to the ground, and rapidly sped away from the Wal-Mart in his car, dodging pedestrians and vehicles on his way out,” Merrell said.

He returned to the scene minutes later, however, and was arrested.

“During the course of the trial, Haubbert testified on his own behalf and admitted that he was currently on parole for an armed robbery committed in Taney County in 2001,” Merrell said.

Haubbert will be sentenced Feb. 7.

He faces five to 15 years in prison on the class B felony conviction.

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