A Ripley man was arrested recently for third-offense shopflifting after police found him in possession of several items allegedly stolen from Walmart.
Bryan Michael Collins, 33, 212 Straight St., Ripley, was charged with felony third-offense shoplifting. Jackson County Magistrate Laura Pursley set bond at $5,000.
Around 8:56 p.m. on Nov. 29, Patrolman Kevin Luquez and Cpl. Jamie Hart of the Ripley Police Department responded to a report of a shoplifter at Walmart, 200 Academy Drive, Ripley.
Dispatchers with the Jackson County 911 center reported the suspect was wearing a black jacket. Hart stopped a male matching that description on Academy Drive, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.
Hart asked the man to empty his pockets, revealing a First Check home drug testing kit in his jacket pocket. He also had an Asian Chicken Bistro wrap in his hand. When asked for a receipt, the man stated his girlfriend had driven off with it.
Officers asked the man if he had identification, but he replied that he did not. When asked for his name, the man gave the names Bryan Collins and Bryan Thomas at different times.
Hart detained the male and took him to the Walmart asset protection office. The asset protection manager stated the individual’s jacket, valued at $69.88, was stolen, along with the wrap, valued at $3.98, and the First Check home drug test, valued at $19.97.
Another loss-prevention employee helped identify the male as Bryan Collins, and stated he was prohibited from being on Walmart property. Luquez took a picture of the Notification of Restriction from Property dated Oct 24., 2017.
Luquez patted down the male and found tags for the jacket in his back pocket. Luquez also found the individuals wallet, which contained identification confirming the male was Bryan Collins.
Luquez asked Collins why he lied about his identity, and Collins allegedly stated it was because he keeps getting arrested.
A records check showed a previous charge of third-offense shoplifting filed by the Ripley Police Department on Oct. 24, 2017. He also had previous convictions for shoplifting on Dec. 13, 2016, and Sept. 13, 2016.