Two men who asked a Wal-Mart employee where to find bolt cutters for sale last week weren’t paying customers.

After being directed to the appropriate aisle late Wednesday night, the men picked up some bolt cutters and used them to cut the lock on a display case. They helped themselves to two laptop computers and also stole four speakers, police said.

The employee later saw that the fire exit door by the pharmacy was open, and a witness said the the two men came out that exit, got in a car and drove away, a report by officer Kenyon Black states.

Another employee found the bolt cutters and the chain and lock lying near the opened display case, Black’s report states.

In other incidents:

Officer Danny Hutchins arrested Brenda Neal, 46, of Early on a theft charge in connection with an attempted shoplifting of items including dog food and a Halloween costume. Officer Patrick Sloan arrested Edward Baldwin, 38, of Brownwood on a charge of DWI third or more after a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Austin around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Someone took a purse with $200 from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2300 block of 13th. Officer Chandra Geis arrested Justin Daniell, 26, of Brownwood on an assault charge after a domestic disturbance in the 3600 block of Wagon Wheel. Someone took two Nintendo game systems and several games from a home in the 100 block of Lipscomb. Two men’s behavior attracted attention and led to arrests on public intoxication charges in unrelated incidents.

Cpl. Mike Sheedy arrested David Kirbo, 52, of Brownwood at the Texas Express store, 505 N. Center. Someone reported that an intoxicated person was sitting on the floor and causing problems for employees and customers.

Sloan arrested Cody Painter, 23, of Zephyr in a parking lot in the 3200 block of Coggin.