Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Man Blames Shoplifting On Need To "Pay The Rent"

"I had to pay the rent somehow." That's what police claim a Cookeville man said when asked why he went through so much trouble to steal five DVDs from the Walmart store. Police say 34-year-old Carlen Ben Gentry of Crabtree Circle set off the merchandise detector as he left the store Monday night and ran away when a store employee tried to stop him. He headed for a wooded area between Walmart and the Cookeville city garage and allegedly jumped the fence at the garage in an attempt to get away. Gentry, who police say was out on bond on drug charges, has now been charged with theft of property and criminal trespassing.