"It's so easy," he said.
James Timothy Fortner visited the Smyrna Target store on Cobb Parkway Saturday night. The Talking Rock man picked up some skin tights, socks, a watch and a headlight. According to a Cobb County criminal warrant, Fortner cut off the price tags, concealed the items in his pants and walked toward the exit, where officials detained him. Fortner was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday on a charge of theft by shoplifting. He remains in custody in lieu of $5,000 bond. Authorities wrote in the warrant that Fortner has a "signficant record (of) shoplifting." And according to officials, he told them he isn't done. "When I get out of jail," he allegedly said, "I will be back to steal more because it's so easy."
Shoplifting may have led to a man's death outside a Lithonia Walmart, but how does the petty crime affect the average consumer?
Shoplifting, a petty crime that may have cost a man his life outside a Walmart in Lithonia, hits Georgia families in the pocketbook each year. Vidal Calloway, 40—a good person who had a drug problem, according to his wife—was dead when police came to arrest him on suspicion of shoplifting two DVD players, Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch reported. The police report indicated Calloway was involved in an altercation with two employees and a private security agent. The "truly sad situation," according to Walmart, brings to light incidents that happen every day, all across the country, and even more so during the holidays. About 27 million people in America—that's one in 11 people—are shoplifters, according to the National Association for …