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Pair Caught Leaving Walmart Without Paying

A Sulphur Springs pair was caught leaving Walmart without paying for several items in their shopping cart Tuesday afternoon, according to police reports.

Jerry Franklin Hamilton Jr. (HCSO jail photo

A loss prevention worker at the store alleged the a 34-year-old Sulphur Springs man and 34-year-old Sulphur Springs woman failed to scan multiple items and tried to hide items inside their shopping cart as well. They then were reported to have passed all points of sale around 3:30 p.m. without paying for more than $100 worth of merchandise, according to arrest reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Tyler Frances took the pair into custody around 4:10 p.m. April 20, 2021, and transported them to jail for theft. A records check showed Tuesday was not the first time Jerry Franklin Hamilton Jr. has been arrested for theft. In fact, he has at least two prior convictions, which enhance the theft charge from a misdemeanor to a felony, according to arrest reports.

Jail records show Hamilton has been jailed in Hopkins County more than a dozen times since 2004, including four times on theft charges: April 1, 2005 for theft of property valued at $50 or more but less than $500; July 2, 2005, on warrants for theft with previous conviction and not taking care of a theft charge; Feb. 11, 20201, on a warrant for theft of property valued at $1,500-$20,000; and Oct. 31, 2016 for theft of property valued at less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions.

He also has prior sentences requiring him to serve 12 months in a state jail for violating probation on an unauthorized use of a vehicle charge, a 60-day commitment on an assault charge, 5 years in prison for assault impeding breathing or circulation and 5 years in prison for obstruction or retaliation, according to jail records.

Hamilton, who is also known by BJ Hamilton, remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning, April 21, 2021, on the theft of property valued at less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, according to jail reports. The 34-year-old woman also remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning; she was charged with theft of property valued $100 or more but less than $750, a Class B misdemeanor offense, according to jail reports.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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