On Aug. 25 a Johns Creek Police officer was dispatched to on State Bridge Road in reference to a shoplifting. He was told that the store's loss prevention officer was struggling with the suspect while trying to apprehend him, but was able to take him into custody before police arrived.
The loss prevention officer told the police officer that he saw a man exit the store with five-gallon cans of Behr paint in a wagon without paying for the items. The employee said he saw the incident take place on the store's security monitors.
The employee caught up with the suspect in the outdoor garden department and apprehended him after the brief struggle. The suspect told police that he did not steal the items; however, he did not have any receipts.
The officer determined that the subject had an outstanding warrant with Gwinnett County for a probation violation stemming from a marijuana possession charge.
The loss prevention officer and store manager told police that the man was accompanied by another man and a woman. The suspect had exited the store with paint twice that day. The store representatives think his associates left the store with the paint in an older white pickup truck after the first time he left the store. He was caught during the second attempt.
The man, a 47-year-old from Lawrenceville, was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting over $300.