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Police say shoplifter uses child to help commit crimes

By Laurie Everett leveret@mtjulietnews.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Local police are on the lookout for a suspect they say is using a young boy to help him steal items from the Walmart in Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet Police spokesperson Sgt. Tyler Chandler said on two separate occasions, the man and a boy stole more than $1,400 in merchandise from Walmart.

“We want to identify an adult man who is using a child to help him shoplift,” said Chandler. “The unknown man is using a young boy to carry out his stolen items.”

Chandler said the first theft happened Feb. 7 when the man and boy stole two GoPro cameras. He said the next day, the two pushed a cart with a flat-screen television and another GoPro camera out the front door without paying. He said the evidence is on the store’s surveillance system. Chandler described the man as white, 35-50 years old, 6 feet, 2 inches tall with a large build. The boy is described as about 10-14 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a skinny build. Their getaway vehicle is said to be a small black pickup truck similar to a Chevrolet S-10. 

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call police at 615-754-2550 or anonymously at 615-754-8466.

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