MOULTRIE -- A Moultrie man was apprehended Monday night as he allegedly attempted to shoplift several beverages from the Inland convenience store on First Avenue Southeast.

Calvin Bernard Harrison, 34, of 910 Eighth Ave. S.E., was charged with theft by shoplifting, escape and obstruction.

Reports said Moultrie police were called to the store in reference to a shoplifter at 9:25 p.m. Monday. A witness told police Harrison had been putting items into his mop bucket and taking them outside. He would take the stolen items and put them beside the store's electrical box and get them before leaving the store, the witness said.

The officer spotted some beer beside the electrical box, so reports said he and the witness parked at the Video Warehouse next door to watch. When Harrison came out of the store, the officer approached him and asked to look in the trash can he was carrying.

The officer only found trash and two empty transmission fluid bottles in the trash can, reports said. As Harrison and the officer walked back toward the store, however, the officer spotted six 12-packs of beer and two 12-packs of soft drinks on the ground.

Reports said the officer told Harrison that he was under arrest and was told to put his hands behind his back. Harrison was allowed to put down the trash can he was carrying, then he was able to get away from the officer and fled on foot.

The officer called for backup and used his Tazer, but reports said the shot missed Harrison. The officer pursued Harrison on foot but lost sight of him in the Moultrie Housing Authority projects on Seventh Street Southeast.

Harrison was spotted lying behind a brick wall in the projects, reports said. He was apprehended and taken to the Colquitt County Jail.

The officer described the stolen items as: two 12-packs of Bud Light bottles, two 12-packs of Bud Light cans, two 12-packs of Budwiser cans, a 12-pack of Pepsi cans and a 12-pack of Dr Pepper cans, reports said. The total value of the beverages was $67, but all of the items were returned to the store's manager after the officer photographed the items.


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- Jorge Ernesto Carrillo, 31, of 1736 W. 66th Place in Highland, Fla., was charged Thursday with aggravated sodomy.

- William Gordy Sloan Jr., 17, of 404 E. Central Ave., Apartment 3, was charged Sunday with entering an automobile and theft by taking.

- Juan Reyes Juarez, 21, of Jonah Tillman Road, was charged Monday with driving without a license.

- Willie Anthony Hines, 26, of 809 Bill St. in Pavo, was charged Monday with theft by taking and two counts of criminal trespass.

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- Eunice Cox reported an unknown person took the grill off of her Buick Century while it was parked at Sunrise Nursing Home on South Main Street Monday. Damage to the vehicle was around $200.

- Mary Johnson, of Sixth Street Southeast, reported Monday she found out about three months ago that her husband was already married when they were married Oct. 9, 2002.

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