Peggy Joanne Hall, 51, 2250 Highway 56, and Christopher Lee Hall, 34, 2256 Highway 56, both of Spartanburg, are charged by the Union Public Safety Department with allegedly shoplifting a pair of glasses.
A public safety officer was dispatched to a South Boyce Street drugstore Sunday afternoon in response to a shoplfting incident involving two people who fled the site in a silver Toyota Carolla heading west on Main Street. The officer spoke with the manager who said a woman and a man had came into the store with the woman saying she wanted to exchange some batteries. The manager said she didn’t have a receipt for the batteries and he gave her a money card. The pair used the card to purchase cigarettes, milk and other items
While the man remained at the counter, the manager said the woman went back to where the reading glasses are then walked back up to the man and the two started walking out. As they did an alarm went off and the manager said he tried to stop them but they continued to exit the building. He then went outside and told the pair what had happened and asked them if they’d taken anything only to have them tell him they hadn’t.
The manager said he then attempted to look into the woman’s purse only to have the man call her “mom” and tell her that if she hadn’t done anything to “get in the car and lets go.” The manager then went to the back of the car to get the tag number only to have the man bend it up so he couldn’t see it. The manager said he then bent the tag back enough so he could see the number.
In the process of leaving, the manager said the man dropped the milk which busted and spilled out across the parking lot. When the car backed up, the manager said he found a pair of reading glasses still in the pack under the vehicle. He said he picked up the glasses and when he took them back inside the store the alarm again sounded.
The pair were stopped by a sheriff’s deputy at Highway 56 and Wildcat Road and was advised to escort them back to the store. Their vehicle was supposedly low on gas and the deputy was advised to follow them to a convenience store in Cross Anchor, let them get gas and then follow them back to Union. The report states the pair passed three gas stations on SC 49 but never stopped for gas.
When they arrived at the store, the pair was identified as Joanne and Christopher Hall, both of whom denied stealing anything from the store.
Questioned by the responding officer, Joanne Hall said she had gone to the drug store to exchange some batteries, then got some cigarettes and milk. She said she went down the aisle to get something but the store didn’t have what she was looking for. When she went out the door the alarm sounded and the manager followed her and her son out and tried to look in her pocketbook. She said she told the manager her cellphone had set off the alarm.
Christopher Hall said he went into the drugstore with his mother to buy some cigarettes, that she walked down the aisle and came back and then they left and that’s when the alarm went off. He said the manager followed them out and tried to look in his mother’s pocketbook. When that happened, Hall said he told his mother if she had not done anything to get in the car and let’s go.
Hall said when the manager tried to get his car’s tag number he bent it up because he didn’t thing the manager needed to see it. He also said he dropped the milk.
The officer showed the Halls the glasses found under their car and told them where they were found. The Halls were then placed under arrest and transported to Union County Jail and their car towed away.
After taking photos of the glasses, the deputies returned them to the manager but got a receipt showing how much they cost — $11.99.
Public safety officers are looking for the man who allegedly shoplifted a $14.99 cigarette lighter from a convenience store on Thompson Boulevard Saturday morning. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black hoodie, stocking cap, sunglasses and flannel pajama pants.
Honesty is the best policy, even if it lands you in jail.
James Allen Arthur Jr., 18, 912 Lovers Lane Road, Union, is charged by the public safety department with simple possession of marijuana.
Arthur was arrested during a traffic stop of the vehicle he was traveling in on Pineneedle Road late Monday night. The incident report states as he approached the pickup truck, one of the officers conducting the traffic stop smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle’s passenger compartment. The officer asked if there were any illegal drugs in the vehicle and Arthur replied he had marijuana and placed a clear plastic bag containing the drug on his lap.
The officer confiscated the bag and then placed Arthur under arrest and transported him to jail. The driver of the vehicle consented to a search of his truck but no other drugs were found.
The following incidents are being investigated by the public safety department:
Malicious Damage To Property
A businessman wants to know who tore up the grass behind his business at 309 West Main St. The victim reported sometime between 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Monday someone pulled their vehicle onto his property and damaged the lawn by spinning their wheels. The damage is estimated at $150.
The public safety department is investigating two incidents in which people drove off from a convenience store on the Buffalo-West Springs Highway without paying for gasoline.
Both incidents occurred Friday afternoon within minutes of each other, the first occurring at 4:11 p.m. and involving the theft of $17 worth of gas while the second occurred at 4:16 p.m. involving the theft of $31.06 worth of gas. The first incident involved a black and white Dodge Charger driven by a white female. The second incident involved a small, light blue Toyota pickup truck driven by a white male.
The following persons were arrested by the public safety department:
Ricky Dale Rector, 51, 736 Monarch Highway, Union, charged Saturday with operating an uninsured vehicle, improper display of a tag and improper backing.
Kimberly Hope Moore, 22, 408 Meansville road, Union, charged Sunday with failure to yield right-of-way and driving under suspension.
Crystal Yvette Jones, 43, 114B Chambers Avenue, Union, charged Sunday with disorderly conduct.
Devonta Elemeshion Mobley, 17, 124 Lawrence St., Carlisle, charged Friday with disorderly conduct.
Marian Albert Williams Jr., 51, 3 Beaver Run Drive, Travelers Rest, charged Saturday with driving under the influence.
Lawrence Davis, 33, 110 Hart St., Union, charged Saturday with driving under the influence.