Report: Thief steals televisions

By: By Beth Lawrence - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG — Police say a Laurinburg man gave a whole new meaning to the term repeat offender with his antics at Wal-Mart this week.

Jeffrey Dewayne Hyatt, 35, of Lees Mill Road, was arrested in Maxton on Wednesday after he walked into Walmart two days in a row and stole the same type merchandise, according to Patrol Captain Chris Young.

On Tuesday morning loss prevention officers called police to report that a man, later identified as Hyatt, went to the electronics department and placed a 55-inch television valued at $400 in his cart and left the store without paying, police said. Hyatt was seen loading the TV into a black pickup truck waiting at the front door and drove away, according to police.

Police say Hyatt returned to Walmart at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning and took another 55-inch television valued at $300. On Wednesday, the truck was waiting on the side of West Boulevard instead of at the front door. The pair fled and were located Maxton.

“We searched the area and the assistant chief [Terry Chavis] located the vehicle at Hardees in Maxton,” Young said. “He was on his way into work when a description of the vehicle came in, so he went along HWY 74 searching for it.”

Maxton Police Department was called in to arrest Hyatt and the driver.

Hyatt was charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny, one count of trespassing, and one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and given a $10,500 secured bond.

The driver was not charged.


By Beth Lawrence

Staff reporter

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