Crime

Former Rock Hill Bi-Lo, Walmart employee accused of stealing from stores

A Rock Hill man who has allegedly stolen from his previous employers was arrested again this week on shoplifting charges, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

On Thursday afternoon, Christoper Ray Hall, 44, went to Bi-Lo on East Main Street to seek reemployment, the report states. Hall was terminated Monday for allegedly shoplifting from the same store, police say.

Hall was shown on surveillance video pulling plastic bags out of his pockets, and placing merchandise in the bags, along with a 24 pack of Bud light beer at the bottom of a shopping cart, the report states. He left the store without paying for the items, police say.

Police told the store manager to call Hall into the store for an interview and he was arrested, the report states.

Hall has a lengthy criminal past, according to documents provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. He has had five shoplifting charges dating back to 1988.

Hall was recently a manager at the Walmart on Dave Lyle Boulevard and he was suspended without pay due to an internal issue, a police report states. Police say Hall walked into the store on July 11 and told an employee to hand him an iPad Air so he could check the inventory. He concealed the device under his clothes and left the store without paying, the report states.

In addition to the thefts at Bi-Lo and Walmart, Hall had previous warrants from other counties. He is wanted for driving under suspension in Orangeburg County, resisting arrest and false reports in Goose Creek, and failure to appear in court for shoplifting, the report states.

Hall was charged with shoplifting and breach of trust with fraudulent intent. He is held at the Rock Hill jail on a $20,000 bond.

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