Man caught stealing from Athens Wal-Mart

Published 10:17 am Monday, October 20, 2008

Athens police said vigilant Wal-Mart employees helped catch a thief after they recognized him as the same person who had been caught on video stealing computers over the last two months.

Police Capt. Marty Bruce said 39-year-old William T. Lampkin of Hartselle had 161 fishing lures in his shirt when he was arrested by police Thursday night. He was charged with two counts of second-degree theft after authorities found $512 worth of lures in his shirt.

Bruce said store employees recognized Lampkin as the person caught on video stealing four computers valued at $2,194 and called police.

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Officers waited for him to leave the store, found the lures in his shirt and arrested him. Bruce said Lampkin admitted to stealing the computers when he was arrested.