The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to interim Chief Bobby Martin:
Two shoplifting crimes occurred within the same time frame at Walmart Wednesday morning, one where the suspect was caught by officers who were at the exit he was trying get through with stolen AC units and binoculars.
Police responded to both shortly after 9 a.m.
Officer G. Williams responded to one of the calls while Officer D. Newsome investigated the other after arriving to assist Williams.
In Williams’s case, the officer learned a suspect took two packages of T-shirts and a package of boxer briefs.
The person, Deauta Squire, 29, was arrested and carried before a magistrate where he was charged with shoplifting.
He was also wanted for an outstanding process for child support out of Halifax County.
He received a $1,500 bond and June 25 court date before he was turned over to a county deputy for the child support papers.
Meanwhile, as Newsome was responding to assist Williams, a call came around the same time as the Squire case a person was attempting to leave the store with merchandise.
The man, Stephone Edwards, 26, of Roanoke Rapids, was trying to leave the store with three AC units and binoculars when he was encountered by Newsome.
Edwards was charged with misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods following his arrest and appearance before a magistrate.
He received a $3,000 secured bond and June 25 court date.
Investigation also showed he had two outstanding orders for arrest out of Northampton County and one in Halifax County.
Edwards has multiple pending court dates in June in Halifax County for an array of charges including texting while driving, driving while license revoked, communicating threats, traffic offenses and misdemeanor drug charges.
He has a June 12 court date on the order for arrest and received an additional bond of $300 secured.
In Northampton he was scheduled to appear in court today for charges of communicating threats; threatening phone call; second-degree trespass; injury to personal property and injury to real property.
He received a $2,000 secured bond for the Northampton orders.