Police: Shoplifter stuck fishing poles down his pants at Rock Hill Walmart

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 19, 2014 

Ernest Potts

A Fort Mill man was arrested and charged with shoplifting Tuesday after police say he shoved fishing gear down his pants at the Walmart on Old York Road.

A store employee saw Ernest Potts, 34, who was wearing black pants and an orange fleece, in the fishing aisle of the sporting goods section. When he left the aisle, he was walking with one leg straight, “as if he had a long item in his pant leg,” according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The Walmart worker and police went to the aisle and saw that tags and labels had been removed. They were able to identify the shoplifter’s car and license plate from security video, and an officer tracked him to a Marathon Gas Station on Springdale Road. He saw a man in black pants and an orange fleece leave the store and get in the car, so police conducted a traffic stop.

Potts confessed to taking the fishing equipment, which included several fishing poles and packs of lures, worms and fishing line.

He was charged with shoplifting and for driving with a suspended license. The fishing equipment, which was valued at $250, was returned to Walmart.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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