JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police say being criminally banned from Walmart following five shoplifting arrests did not stop a Jonesboro man from going back and stuffing electronics in his pants. Now he's charged with robbery.
Just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to Walmart regarding a shoplifter who they said shoved an employee before driving off in a black Chevy Trailblazer.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a loss prevention officer observed 24-year-old Vernon Vontrell Fletcher "removing Nextbook devices from their boxes and placing them in his pants."
When the store employee tried to stop Fletcher as he left the store, Fletcher is said to have pushed the man out of the way and run.
Police arrested Fletcher a short distance from the store.
The loss prevention officer told police Fletcher had been criminally banned from the store and had been caught shoplifting from the store five other times.
On Wednesday, he appeared in video court before Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler who found probable cause to charge him with robbery and criminal trespass.
Fletcher remains in the Craighead County Detention Center on a $2,500 cash/surety bond, awaiting a May 25 appearance in circuit court.