Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Shoplifter Gets Creative
Cookeville police say some alleged shoplifters are getting more creative. According to a report by Officer Anthony Reep, 31-year-old Walter Earl Lewis Jr. of Young Road in Rickman was issued a citation after he allegedly went into the bathroom at Walmart, pushed up some ceiling tiles, and reached over into the stock room to steal cigarettes. Walmart security had been noticing an issue with the cigarettes for a few days and took notice when Lewis entered the restroom and stayed for some time. Reep arrived on the scene and found pieces of ceiling tile in Lewis's shoes and two cartons of cigarettes on top of a cabinet. Lewis initially denied any wrongdoing, but later told Reep that he had been planning to come back a couple of times a week and get a pack of cigarettes because he was broke.