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Fourth Time’s the Charm for Repeat Shoplifter

A local frequent shoplifter is finally facing a serious charge after he was arrested for his fourth shoplifting charge on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning about 9:41 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Dollar General on Colquitt Street in reference to Shoplifting.

Upon their arrival, officers observed a Dollar General employee following a subject off the property and down Colquitt Street, so they made contact with both subjects.

The employee stated he was alerted by another customer that the suspect, Anthony Lewis Hill, had placed some medicine in his pocket while walking around in the store.

Employees then confronted Hill and he pulled some Alka-Seltzer cold medicine, valued at $6, out of his pocket that he had not paid for. Hill was then asked if he could pay for the item and he advised that he could not, so they contacted police.

Police then spoke with Hill who claimed he offered to pay for the medicine, but they would not allow him to pay for the item. Hill told police several times that he did not understand why he wasn’t allowed to pay for the items.

Officers explained to Hill that he needed to pay for the merchandise prior to putting it in his pocket.

The store manager wanted to have Hill charged with shoplifting and banned from all of the Dollar General stores in LaGrange.

A subsequent criminal history check revealed Hill has three prior shoplifting convictions, making this incident a felony.

As a result, Hill, age 55, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Felony Shoplifting – Four or More Convictions.

Hill is currently being held at the Troup County Jail on $1,000 bond.

The author of this article can be reached via email at tmurphy@troupcountynews. net.