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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police are addressing a shoplifting problem at the town’s biggest store. Today Police Chief Tim Jayne announced anyone caught stealing from the Leland Walmart will face stricter procedures and punishments.

Leland Police will now physically arrest accused shoplifters and take them to the Brunswick County jail. This didn’t happen before. Instead officers cited shoplifters and let them go outside the store. The department felt this procedure gave the wrong impression.

“If you’re going to be involved in shoplifting, the Leland Walmart is not the place to go,” Jayne said.

Jayne is making a bold change when it comes to thieves who shoplift at the town’s number one location for larceny: Walmart.

“It’s frustrating, because we need to be innovative in our approach, and it’s obvious what we have been doing to this point is not working,” Jayne said. “And I’m not sure if this will work, but I can assure you that people are not going to be comfortable with being arrested at this store.”>

Leland Police will now handcuff and take suspected thieves to the Brunswick County Jail, where they will be photographed, fingerprinted and appear before a magistrate. Jayne and several shoppers we spoke with think it’s a good way to try and stop shoplifting.

“I think it’s great, because I don’t think they should be allowed to get away with it,” shopper Margaret Lindbert agreed.

Customer Robert Salino agreed.

“Hopefully it’ll be a deterrent not only for the people who do the shoplifting, but if people are watching and they see someone get hauled off for taking something they didn’t pay for they’ll think twice about it,” Salino said.

Police said the new procedure goes into effect immediately.

Chief jayne said shoplifting at Walmart has been the number one crime in the Town of Leland the last two years.

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  • Guest1966

    Contrary to belief, North Carolina does not have a citizens arrest law, so anyone other than a police officer cannot detain you, without violating your Constitutional Rights, which can get them sued, as well as the agent which employs them. With this in mind, if Wally World makes a mistake in charging someone with shoplifting, and their arrested, guess who the NEW owner of Wally World will be?

  • guest861

    Only the state can violate your constitutional rights. Its called state action. Without it there can be no violation. You must be the legal expert Pickey is refering to all the time.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    What makes you think that a designated security guard cannot detain you on his authorized patrol area while awaiting arrival of law enforcement officers? Why would any mall or major store even hire security staff if they were totally impotent and powerless?

    A security guard can legally detain you on the property he is hired to protect subsequent to his detecting your illegal activity.

    BTW, Clarence Darrow, only a governmental agency or someone acting under color of law (such as a police officer) can violate your Constitutional rights.

  • Skulldrag

    You are wrong there. Loss Prevention officers have the right to use reasonable force to detain a shoplifter for a reasonable amount of time in a reasonable manner if the employee had probable cause to believe the person committed the crime. No rights have been violated as long as it is reasonable.

  • Lawman

    Wrong…anyone CAN detain. Detain and arrest are two different things. Anyone can detain (hold until authorities arrive) but no one can arrest someone and take their rights away without being the law.

  • Grand Ole Party

    You’re so wrong….Not YOUR so wrong. You must be the english major Pickey is refering to all the time.

  • Novista

    the grammar expert, obviously.

  • Guest

    Your assumption of the powers of loss prevention personnel is incorrect. Loss prevention personnel can “detain” a shoplifter while awaiting law enforcement only after they have “personally viewed” the offense taking place. These privledges are sometimes abused but are rarely charged. The same law allowing private citizens the ability to “detain” while awaiting the arrival of L.E. is what loss prevention use. I know this as I am a former Loss Prevention Detective. This was explained to us in the first few days on the job. No special powers of arrest or sworn ceremony are offered to most loss prevention or store security persons…..most , not all. Some companies hire private police which is a different thing altogether.


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