Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

June 9, 2010

Home Depot employee arrested

Cordele — CORDELE — An employee of Home Depot has been charged with two counts of theft by shoplifting after a loss prevention officer for the store accused her of selling merchandise at reduced rates to family and friends.

Cordele Police Department PFC Clinton Latham said store officials told him just before 1 p.m. Tuesday that Samantha Mumphery, 39, of 195 Hwy. 33, had been altering price tags and identification on items.

The officer said it was also reported that as an employee of the store’s receiving department, placed her in position to take new items and change the price decal.

Records show that on May 5 she priced a $175 lawn mower for $65 and on June 2 priced a $300 pressure washer for $200 and another $299 pressure washer for $140.

After being questioned by store officials about the incidents, Mumphery left the premises and drove away in a car that Latham stopped a short distance away. He returned with her to the store where her alleged actions were described to him.

After being taken to the police station, Mumphery elected to make no statement and asked that her attorney be notified of her whereabouts. After that request was granted, she was booked and taken to jail.

Later that afternoon, an Ellaville man experienced a similar fate at the same business when he was arrested for theft by deception.

Sgt. Robert Montgomery said Home Depot employees told him David Allen Andrews, 35, went to the paint area after entering the store, took four five-gallon buckets of paint to the customer service area and requested a refund for it.

When Andrews could not produce a receipt for a previous purchase of the paint, he was given a store gift card for $684.40 before police were called to take him into custody.

In other activity on Tuesday, officers:

— Cited a 14-year-old juvenile for aggravated assault with a gun.

Sgt. Charles Pheil was listed as the officer arresting the teen-ager who in the presence of his grandmother declined to speak with authorities about an incident in which the victims have given sworn statements that led to his arrest.

— Charged Angela Lawson, 28, of 609-C 23rd Ave. W., with felony theft by shoplifting.

Sgt. Charles Dennard said upon his arrival at Dollar General’s Seventh St. S. location just before 11:30 a.m. employees pointed out two women they had been seen placing items in a shoulder bag in a shopping cart.

The officer said both of them denied ownership of the shoulder bag. Upon opening the purse, Dennard said he found a wallet containing a driver’s license for Lawson who continued to deny ownership.

Also found inside were three DVD movies, two pairs of flip-flops, two packages of boxer shorts, a bra and small transformer toys.

Both women were taken to the police station where, according to Dennard, Lawson finally admitted to taking the items with no intention of making payment for them.

— Investigated a fraud complaint made by an official of Gas and Go at 1815 16th Ave. E.

PFC Clinton Latham said he was told that someone had stolen six signed checks from that business’ checkbook kept in the office area and had cashed one of them at a local bank in the amount of $1,900. The complainant said a “stop payment” form has been placed on the remaining five checks.

— Responded to a security inspection request at South Georgia Bank where a suspicious package was found left by a curb. The rectangular-shaped object that appeared to be wrapped in duct tape turned out to be a styrofoam cooler containing a bag of ice and a can of beer.

— Took Lakesha Nicole Butts, 21, of 1305-F 13th St. S., into custody on a probation violation charge. Capt. Tommy Jackson arrested her in the 200 block of 11th Ave. E. just before 10 p.m.


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