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Shoplifts TV, a laptop

A Hilliard man was charged with one count of felony theft for attempting to steal a $600 television from the Macclenny Walmart in the early afternoon of February 27.

Derek Hernandez, 43, also faces an additional charge for stealing a laptop computer from the same store four days earlier.

Police were called about noon after a store security worker observed the suspect place the TV in a shopping cart and proceed out the door. When he was stopped, he allegedly began cursing and resisting the employee, at one point stabbing him in the abdomen with a key.

Deputy Michael Antonini said Mr. Hernandez produced a receipt that he insisted was proof that he paid for the unit, even though surveillance video showed that he did not go to a register before leaving.

Closer examination by the store revealed the receipt was bogus, and included a time stamp that was actually an hour and a half into the future. There was no explanation of how the suspect came by the receipt that also had a faulty register number.

The store’s security employee then produced a video that depicted Mr. Hernandez as the person who took the laptop on February 23.  The computer was also valued at $600.

Deputy Antonini filed additional counts for resisting a merchant and presenting a fraudulent receipt, both misdemeanors.

In other shoplifting arrests at Walmart recently, Jalisa Tootle, 25, of Macclenny was caught attempting to leave the evening of February 27 with $217 worth of merchandise.

Store security said she paid for several small items before leaving, and Ms. Tootle told Deputy Michael Clark she needed the items for her 3-month-old son. The merchandise inventory included mostly adult clothing, including lingerie.

• Deputy Jeremiah Combs arrested Sherri Audesy, 50, of Glen St. Mary for theft of $34 in craft items the evening of February 26. Store security observed her paying for groceries but bagging the others without scanning them.

• A criminal complaint for petty theft was filed on March 1 against Jessica McMinn, 26, of Lake Park, FL for theft of bedding worth $230 from the Macclenny Travelodge.

Shoplifter also had drugs

A Macclenny man caught shoplifting at Walmart the afternoon of March 1 was also charged with possession of three types of prescription drugs.

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