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Shoplifter, 73, Found Hiding in Large Culvert in Cumming

He allegedly stuffed vitamins and floss into his pockets and walked out of a grocery store without paying for the items.

Police found an elderly man accused of shoplifting hiding in a large, black culvert about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers were called to Publix at 580 Atlanta Road in Cumming, where the manager said the man, age 60 to 70, was last seen running into the woods.

"I was first unable to see the mans hands, due to him hiding around a bend in the culvert, I drew my weapon and gave loud verbal commands," an officer wrote in the Cumming Police Department report. "The male subject refused to comply. I then entered the culvert and again gave loud verbal commands and after I was able to confirm that there was no threat, I secured my weapon and handcuffed the suspect."

He was later identified as Allan E. Jones, 73, of Chimney Point Drive in Cumming.

The manager said Jones had taken several items, placing them in his jacket, and walked out of the store without paying, according to the report. The items, which were found in his pockets, according to police, included three bottles of vitamins, valued collectively at about $48, and a floss starter pack and floss refills, valued together at about $7.

Jones was cited for shoplifting, issued a subpoena to appear in court and told not return to Publix.

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sajcottey January 25, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Is this gentleman, suffering from a form of dementia? There should be an evaluation done if this is not common behavior for him. This is not an uncommon issue in the elderly with dementia - I would have hoped more would have been done then issue a subpoena. There is no plan in place to address the issues of the aging within Forsyth County and we are facing a huge population shift as the baby boomers age. Hope something is done before it is too late. Shelley Johnson
Lorraine January 25, 2014 at 07:19 PM
I wondered the same thing.

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