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A Platte County District Court judge went down the list of bad calls made by Tayler Randall before sentencing the Columbus man to a prison cell WHEN?

“You were in the wrong place at the wrong time, picked the wrong friends and made bad decisions,” Judge Robert Steinke told Randall before sentencing the 26-year-old defendant to 18 months in prison.

Randall pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine in connection with an arrest on multiple offenses after making a February trip to Walmart Supercenter, 818 E. 23rd St., which was quickly followed by a shoplifting report at the store.

Steinke, noting that Randall faced other similar drug and theft offenses in other jurisdictions while the Platte County case was pending, gave the defendant credit for 87 days served since his Feb. 21 arrest.

The judge also sentenced Randall to nine months of post-release supervision for the Class IV felony, punishable by a maximum of two years in prison, 12 months of supervision and a $10,000 fine.

A Columbus Police investigation described an incident in which Randall and a second suspect, a 23-year-old city man, stole remote controlled toys at the store and quickly found an officer on their trail.

Columbus Police dispatch radioed Officer Jeff Anderson that a suspect had gotten into a white 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and driven westbound on 23rd Street. Dispatch also provided the officer with identifying marks on the vehicle and an address for the owner.

The men weren’t at home when Anderson arrived, but were observed returning at the corner of 14th Street and 33rd Avenue. Within blocks, the officers initiated a traffic stop.

Anderson said the men admitted having been at the store, but denied they had stolen a drone-type remote-controller that was found in the suspect’s car, along with a GoPro and a box for a remote control car.

Police said the store’s video surveillance “clearly” showed one of the suspect’s removing a controller from a box and placing it inside his coat.

Randall and the second suspect, whose case is pending, both went to the store, but Randall stayed in the vehicle because he was banned from going on the property.

Officers also seized methamphetamine following a search of the suspects’ vehicle.

Jim Osborn is a reporter with The Columbus Telegram. Reach his via email at

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Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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