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Man sought in cigarette heist

Being convicted of theft in the Spalding County area can have far reaching consequences for the individual convicted. Depending on the severity of the crime, the individual may face hefty jail time and fines. A felony conviction can have an effect on the ability to seek work, schooling and even a place to live after release. Legal help may be able to mitigate the circumstances, but before a vigorous defense can be put together, the person has to be caught and charged, something that may soon occur in the case of a man sought for shoplifting a large amount of cigarettes.

The shoplifting allegedly occurred on Feb. 7 at a pharmacy as the suspect, described as a "tall white male," walked into the shop and left with a case of cigarettes valued at $700. The theft complaint was filed just after 9 p.m. that night, and officers were able to conduct an interview with the cashier who was on duty.

The alleged shoplifter was caught on tape, and the image was released by authorities with a request for individuals with information on the man involved to contact them. The theft was quick, according to the cashier. At the time of the incident, the cashier was restocking cigarettes behind the register.

Shoplifting is a common occurrence. Charges depend largely on the value of the goods taken. Residents in the Spalding County area have the right to attempt to reduce theft charges through negotiations with prosecutors. In this way, a serious felony may be reduced to a misdemeanor, punishable by less jail time or a lower fine.

Source: Cordele Dispatch, "Police seeking man wanted in $700 cigarette theft," Feb. 12, 2013

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