Judge helps catch suspected shoplifters

DUBLIN, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Lawrence Albert Davis, 24, of Charles Thigpen Drive in Fayetteville and Tracey Nicole Tart, 29, of Jackson Street in Hope Mills were charged after shoplifting from the Dollar General in Dublin Sunday afternoon around 4:45 PM.

The manager of the Dollar General noticed that Davis was carrying several items as he was exiting the store. The items had not been paid for and the manager attempted to stop him. Davis jumped into a Beige Toyota Camry driven by Tart and left traveling toward Tarheel on NC 87. The manager of the business called 911 to report the theft.

A local judge happened to be on his way to Church when he saw Davis run from the Dollar General and jump into the car. The judge followed the car giving deputies updates as to its location through the 911 Center until it was stopped by Bladen County deputies on NC 87 near Smithfield Foods. Once the vehicle was stopped, stolen items were also recovered from Tractor Supply and Food Lion in Elizabethtown. Over $70 in merchandise was recovered that had been taken from the Dollar General.

Davis was charged with Misdemeanor Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property and he was also served with a warrant from Cumberland County for Felony Breaking and Entering. Davis is still in the Bladen County Jail under a $115,000 secured bond.

Tart was charged with Misdemeanor Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property. She is still in the Bladen County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

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FYI, this story is full of non facts. There was no stolen property from Tractor Supply (I have first hand knowledge). And I am pretty sure there was no stolen property from Food Lion. Not sure the source of your information, but perhaps WWAY needs to advertise for a new more reliable reporter.

Thanks DAD!!!

I am no expert and I can be wrong, but the information was probably obtained from a police report or from a statement issued by the police department.