November 23, 2020

Police say Walmart shoplifter used unique (and stolen) getaway method

A Mississippi man faces shoplifting charges after police say he rode a stolen bicycle out an emergency exit at Walmart while hauling other goods he stole.

Picayune police say Logan R. Stockstill, 31, 117 Elmer Jackson Road, was arrested after police received a call at 5:14 a.m. on March 7, from Walmart officials who reported the incident.

Stockstill allegedly also took other merchandise with a total value of $465.

The other items allegedly taken included socks, AAA batteries and a pen light, police reported.

Assistant Police Chief Dustin Moeller said officers arrived and spoke with loss prevention staff at the retailer and got the last known direction Stockstill was seen heading.

Another officer headed in the opposite direction down Stafford Road and found Stockstill still riding the bike along Robert Road. When the officer attempted to stop Stockstill, he ditched the bike and fled on foot, Moeller said.

The officer gave chase on foot, jumping a barbed wire fence and entering the property of the Mississippi Welcome Center, where the foot chase continued until Stockstill was taken into custody for shoplifting.

All of the stolen items were recovered and returned to the retailer, Moeller said.

This article was originally published by the Picayune Item newspaper.