Shoplifting incidents result in drug arrest

By Barry Merrill

Tribune Publisher

Two recent calls from Walmart on shoplifting resulted in one arrest, but not for shoplifting.

At about 8 p.m. last Monday, Mount Olive Police responded to a report of two women and a man attempting to conceal items in plastic totes and leave the store. Prior to the officer’s arrival, the two women fled the store on foot. The man, observed on surveillance video, was questioned. He said he did not know the two women, but said they had picked him up in the Roses parking lot, where his truck was parked.

A second officer took a K-9 outside the locked truck, which alerted the officer of probable drugs present.

Officers then cuffed Jason Charles Phelps, 40, of Lisa Ln., Goldsboro. Mr. Phelps told officers that there was a meth pipe in the truck. He was taken to the truck and unlocked it, and upon search, the pipe and other paraphernalia with white residue.

Mr. Phelps was charged and released.

In a separate incident, a suspect on Dec. 4 apparently stole two 32” TVs and two printers and ran out of the store with the items. The incident was captured on surveillance video at 8:17 that night.

The suspect is described as a 6’, 175 lb. black male with dreadlocks. The video shows him leaving in a silver or gray Ford Escape.

Sara Lee Reeves, 36, of Spring Creek Dr. was charged with larceny and second degree trespassing after an incident on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. She allegedly tried to steal clothing and over-the-counter medication totaling less than $50 in value. She had been cited not to come onto the property again.

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