Public safety chief resigns amid shoplifting incident

The Harlem Department of Public Safety chief resigned today after authorities say he was caught shoplifting Thursday from the Evans Wal-Mart.

 

Store employees watched Jerry Baldwin, 47, of Trippe Street, attempting to leave the store at about 4 p.m. Thursday with less than $13 worth of grocery items concealed in his pockets, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

“I’m not going to say I didn’t do anything wrong,” Mr. Baldwin said. “I shouldn’t have done what I did.”

Mr. Baldwin had gum, tarter sauce, Crystal Light and jelly in his pockets, but went to a register and paid for other items in his shopping cart. When he left the store at 4469 Washington Road with the items, the store’s loss prevention employees stopped Mr. Baldwin and escorted him to the store office, Capt. Morris said.

Mr. Baldwin handed over the stolen items. Capt. Morris said Mr. Baldwin commented to the loss prevention officer that, “I did have the money. It was just a stupid thing I did.”

Wal-Mart declined to press charges and Mr. Baldwin agreed not to return to Wal-Mart property.

“The law is the law,” Mr. Baldwin said. “And I’ve got to suffer the consequences like everybody else.”

 

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