MOULTRIE — A Moultrie man was apprehended after he allegedly tried to steal several cigarettes from three locations Monday evening.

Robert Joseph Hanes, 37, of 186 Vinson St., was charged with three counts of theft by shoplifting and resisting arrest.

A Moultrie police officer was called to Jack Rabbit Foods on Highway 319 South at 7:22 p.m. Monday about a theft of cigarettes. The officer spoke with an employee, who stated a white male, later identified as Hanes, came to the counter and asked for two cartons of Newport cigarettes, police reports said.

When the employee put the cartons onto the counter, Hanes allegedly grabbed them and ran out of the store. The employee followed Hanes as he got into a black truck, and Hanes allegedly showed a silver revolver put never pointed it at the employee before he fled the scene. The value of the stolen cigarettes was about $74, the reports said.

A second officer was called to Winn-Dixie on Talmadge Drive at 8:12 p.m. to meet with a Colquitt County sheriff’s deputy about a second theft. The officer first talked to a store employee who stated Hanes came into the store and asked for two cartons of Newport Shorts cigarettes. He allegedly grabbed the two cartons, valued at about $100, and fled from the scene.

The sheriff’s deputy stated he identified himself as a deputy and chased after Hanes, telling him to stop. Hanes got into a black GMC Sonoma truck and turned on the ignition, but the deputy reached in and turned the truck off and allegedly got into an altercation with Hanes.

During the scuffle, Hanes was able to turn the truck back on and allegedly fled from the scene, the reports said. The officer was called to Wal-Mart on South Veterans Parkway at 9:57 p.m. about a third alleged theft, but little information about that theft was provided — only that $19 in consumable goods were reported stolen.

As the officer continued patrolling Monday night, he spotted a white male walking on Sixth Street Northeast at 10:46 p.m., and he stopped to speak with him. The officer recognized the man was Hanes, and he was placed under arrest and was taken to Colquitt County Jail. The GMC Sonoma truck was recovered, but none of the alleged stolen cigarettes were recovered from the truck. The total value of items reported stolen was about $193.

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