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Cumming Man 'Returns' Goods Just Taken Off Shelves

A Cumming man was arrested on a charge of theft by deception.

Milton Police arrested a 27-year-old Cumming man after he allegedly used store receipts to "return" goods he had just taken off shelves of the Walmart moments before.

A loss prevention officer at the Walmart on Windward Parkway said the suspect was observed walking into the store on Jan. 13 without any items in his hands. He then was seen on video taking a men`s jacket, a shower curtain, and a package of paper towels off shelves. The suspect immediately took his shopping cart straight to customer service, and handed over receipts to be given cash – $39.80 – for returns.

The store's loss prevention officer confronted the man in the store and asked him to talk about the returns, but the man left the store. The store employee got his license plate number, which allowed a Milton police officer to track him down at his Cumming address.

Edgar Rodriguez Jr. was arrested on a charge of theft by deception. He remains in Fulton County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bond.

Editors Note: An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

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