In a strange bit of irony, a local man was arrested for Shoplifting after being caught on store security video stealing a security video system, presumably to prevent other criminals from stealing his stuff.
Wednesday afternoon about 12:01 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Felony Shoplifting.
While en route, police were advised that the suspect had left the business in a black Dodge Ram with extensive damage to the exterior, headed south on New Franklin Road.
Officers located and conducted an investigative stop on the truck near the Chevron fuel station on New Franklin Road and made contact with the driver, William Brandon Rodgers. When asked if he knew why he was being stopped, he acknowledged it was for shoplifting.
While investigating the incident, officers also noticed Rogers called his girlfriend and stated, “Hey baby, they got me for shoplifting from Walmart.”
Rodgers was then placed under arrest and allowed to contact his mother to pick up his truck. While helping Rogers turn his property over to his mother, officers observed several pieces of merchandise later confirmed to belong to Walmart.
Behind the seat police found a Night owl security camera set, valued at $379, a Gen-X compound bow, valued at $298, a Cobra radar detector, valued at $149.67, a 4-pack of white shirts, valued at $14.96, and a 3-pack of boxers, valued at $8, for a total theft of $909.10 from Walmart.
Rodgers later admitted to stealing the items.
Police returned the merchandise to Walmart and spoke with the store’s Loss Prevention Officer. Employees advised Rodgers was observed pushing the camera system, radar detector, and bow out of Walmart at about 11:40 a.m. and placing them in his vehicle. He then reentered the store and concealed placed the underwear and shirts inside his work boots and exited the store.
Rodgers was issued a Criminal Trespass Warning banning him fromWalmart at the store’s request. He was also determined to have one prior conviction for Shoplifting and a suspended driver’s license.
As a result, Rogers, age 24, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Driving While License Suspended and Theft by Shoplifting – More than $500 (Felony).
Rogers was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer