Lake Wylie Walmart reports thefts of Legos, beer, meat, Mountain Dew

May 10, 2014 

Lake Wylie Walmart reports thefts of Legos, beer, meat, Mountain Dew

Police are investigating the theft of Lego toys and a three-time theft of meat, beer and Mountain Dew in morning thefts this week from the Walmart in Lake Wylie, according to police reports.

In the first incident a man walked into the store and stole four boxes of Lego building block toys valued at $59.97 each.

In the second theft, the suspect walked out of the store three times and stole items before fleeing. The man allegedly grabbed a case of Bud Light beer put it in his cart, then strolled to the meat department where he loadedthe cart with beef, chicken and pork. The man left the store without paying then came back into the store a few minutes later. The man allegedly grabbed another case of Bud Light beer, more meat, and a case of Mountain Dew.

Walmart officials told deputies that the man came back in a third time, walked to an empty check-out line, and grabbed several shopping bags before walking out. The man got into a white pick up truck and left, the report states.

The value of the items was $260.

Andrew Dys

Student’s iPad stolen

A student at Rock Hill High told police that someone stole her iPad from her classroom despite her and as many as 30 students being in the room at the time, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

The theft of the iPad valued at $600 was reported Friday to a teacher and then police. The tablet has not yet been found despite attempts to track the machine through an iPad app.

Andrew Dys

Hornets bobblehead stolen

A Rock Hill woman told deputies Thursday that someone broke into her car when she was in Fort Mill and stole a Charlotte Hornets bobblehead.

The woman said the car was unlocked and someone took the bobblehead and rummaged through the vehicle. The value of the bobblehead, or the identity of the player it depicted, was not noted in the report.

The original Charlotte Hornets franchise was established in 1988 but the team left for New Orleans in 2002. The Charlotte Bobcats joined the NBA in 2004, but the team will return to the Hornets name next season.

Restaurant employees chase man who didn’t pay

An employee of a Lake Wylie restaurant chased and tackled a homeless man after he ate a $60 meal and had two drinks then ran out on the tab, according to police.

Joshua Richards, 25, had $81.01 worth of food and alcohol at the Cherry Bar & Grill on Charlotte Highway on May 4, then fled after a credit card was declined, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

A hostess, waitress and other employees ran after him and one of the employees tackled Richards nearby, according to the report, then held Richards until deputies arrived. Richards was intoxicated and yelling and cursing, according to the report, then he admitted he was homeless and ran out on the tab.

Richards was charged with public disorderly conduct and defrauding a restaurant and remains in the York County jail under a $732.50 bond, according to jail records.

Andrew Dys

Man jailed on narcotics charges

A Rock Hill man remains in jail after deputies responding to an argument in the parking lot of a pharmacy on Celanese Road found narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and an open bottle of whiskey near a child in the man’s car, according to police and jail records.

Robert Brandon Jothen, 25, of Rock Hill, faces six drug charges and a count of open container after his arrest Wednesday. He is being held on a $8,382.50 bond, according to jail records.

In the incident Wednesday at a CVS store, police first met with the woman Jothen was allegedly arguing with, and saw a “very young child” in the back seat of the car, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report. Jothen came out of the store, and told police he had been inside getting his girlfriend’s medications. Deputies noticed pills in the car and began a search, according to the report.

Jothen had narcotic pills, a hypodermic syringe, and metal spoon in his pockets, and other narcotics and marijuana were found hidden in the car, according to the report. Police also found a marijuana pipe and an open bottle of whiskey in a bag.

The woman was not charged.

Andrew Dys

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