Man arrested at new Walmart, accused of shoplifting


Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:57 p.m.

Gainesville's new Walmart Supercenter opened its doors for the first time Friday morning, and by 3:30 p.m. a customer had been arrested, accused of shoplifting, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

A loss prevention officer at the new store, located at 5800 NW 34th Boulevard, told Gainesville police that he observed Charles R.J. Jackson, 31, of 1055 SW 62nd Boulevard, take an MP3 player valued at $79.38 from a store shelf and take the merchandise into the store's men's restroom.

The officer said he observed Jackson leave the restroom a short time later without the package, at which point Jackson was seen walking toward the store exit. According to a police report, the officer then entered the bathroom to find the empty MP3 packaging in a trash can. Jackson was confronted at the store's front doors, police said, and later admitted to placing the MP3 player in his pocket because he did not have enough money to pay for it.

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