Deputy grapples with shoplifter suspect

A suspected shoplifter wrestled with a deputy Saturday as he tried to flee the Dollar Tree in the 1600 block of Gordon Highway, a Richmond County sheriff's report shows.

The shoplifter, carrying 16 pairs of socks and a can of deodorant, rushed past the deputy who walked into the store around 2:28 p.m., a report states.

The deputy briefly grappled with the suspect, Samuel Jenkins, but Jenkins ran across Gordon Highway, through the parking lot of the Budget Inn, jumped a fence and was arrested in the 2000 block of Carp Drive, a report states.

Jenkins, of the 300 block of Memory Drive, was arrested on a charge of obstruction of an officer; store officials declined to prosecute until they talked with corporate headquarters.

 

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