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Columbia Man Arrested in Shoplifting Case From Three Years Ago

Daniel Prince

$45,000 worth of cell phones were stolen in August 2019

A Columbia man has been arrested in a three-year-old shoplifting case at Walmart. Back on August 13, 2019, Sgt. Chris Fleming with the Union Public Safety Department responded to the store for a shoplifting incident that had occurred the previous night. Loss Prevention Officer Russ Bentley told Fleming that he had video of two white males stealing cell phones. He said one of the subjects had a key to the locked box that contained the cell phones. The subject opened the box with the key and took all the cell phones from the case and placed them in a plastic tote. They then left the store without paying for any of the phones. They fled in what appeared to be a white Chevy Tahoe. Investigator Mark Gregory was informed of the situation and took over the investigation. The cell phones, a mix of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, were valued at $45,000. A warrant was signed on John Allen Davis of Columbia in August of 2019. Davis was arrested last Wednesday and booked into the Union County Detention Center. Bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Hines. Davis is also being held on a warrant out of Appling, GA.

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