Fifty-nine year old Lloyd Walker was arrested this past week at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets for stealing to support his crack habit.
Store officials phoned the police when they noticed that Walker had been stealing and they were unable to catch him. Walker initially shoplifted on August 7th from Saks Fifth Avenue when he concealed 5 pairs of high dollar sunglasses in a plastic bag.
The following day, Walker returned to the same store in the same outfit and proceeded to walk out with three coats in a plastic bag. On that day mall security detained Walker who stated he had set the bag down when he knew he was being followed and a female he was with picked it up.
Walker admitted, according to this Dayton Daily News report, that a group of four had been stealing at that mall to support their drug addictions. Walker was arrested and charged with two counts of felony theft. He was scheduled to be arraigned earlier this week.
Shoplifting can be a serious offense. Just how serious depends on the value of goods stolen. In this particular case Walker is likely facing a 5th degree felony charge which carries up to 12 months in a state prison facility.
It isn’t clear if his accomplices were caught but if they were, they would also be facing shoplifting charges for their roles.
Not surprisingly, drugs are often a motivating factor in many crimes. From theft to fighting and white collar crimes, an addiction to drugs can often cause people to do things they wouldn’t normally do.
Often, when facing criminal charges and it is discovered you have a drug problem, the judge may sentence you to some sort of treatment or evaluation. If you are charged with drug possession, we may be able to get you probation in lieu of jail time.