Hephzibah man charged with stealing TVs from work

A Hephzibah man has been charged with felony theft after admitting to stealing televisions from his workplace, authorities say.

Police said Michael Ber­nard Johnson, 40, of Roundup Drive, was caught on video stealing four 39-inch flat-screen TVs, a rug and four packs of curtains from Roses, 1631 Gordon Highway, where he has been employed for three years.

Management notified police Wednesday after the items were reported missing from a storeroom. According to an incident report, surveillance video showed Johnson pushing the items in a cart to the parking lot, where an unknown person loaded them into a car and drove away.

The store has reported the theft of 35 TVs since the beginning of the year. Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said Johnson has been linked to the theft of 16 39-inch flat-screen TVs along with the rug and packs of curtains from Feb. 19-27. The items were valued at $4,630.

Chew said Johnson admitted to stealing the televisions and selling them to a man known as “Red.”

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