Man charged with shoplifting at Best Buy

John McCarthy

A North Augusta man has been charged with shoplifting after police said he took merchandise he said he thought had already been paid for by his boss.


According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, John William McCarthy spoke with a Best Buy employee at the store about buying a laptop. The employee told police McCarthy said he was going to call his boss before making a decision.

McCarthy, 29, then told the store worker his boss would transfer money into McCarthy’s personal account so he could buy two laptops and other items, the report stated.

While assisting another customer, the employee saw McCarthy leave with the items, according to the report.

Loss prevention employees stopped McCarthy outside the store and seized two HP laptops, a laptop bag and computer software.

McCarthy told police he left with the items because he thought his boss had wired the money directly to the store. He said he did not attempt to verify the purchase with the store worker before leaving.

McCarthy was booked into the Richmond County jail.



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