Yantis Man Jailed On A Felony Charge Following Theft At Walmart
A 45-year-old Yantis man was jailed on a felony charge for theft of less than $50 worth of merchandise from Walmart, according to arrest reports.
Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Josh Shufeldt responded at 7:40 p.m. April 22, 2021, at Walmart to a theft complaint. An asset protection employee at the store advised police that Gary Lee Gibson had passed all points of sale. He did not pay for a $25 light bulb and a couple of SIM cards before doing so.
Dispatchers advised a records check showed Gibson has three previous theft convictions. Hopkins County jail records show Gibson has been booked into Hopkins County jail more than 2 dozen time previously on a number of charges; He was booked locally on Sept. 29, 2010 on a Smith County theft of property valued at $20-$500 by check warrant; Nov. 14, 2010 for theft of property valued at $1,500-$20,000; July 3, 2011 for theft of property valued at $1,500-$20,000; and on two indictments for theft of property valued at $1,500-$20,000 on July 3, 2011.
He was jailed Nov. 9, 2011 to serve a 1 year commitment at a substance abuse felony punishment facility for violation of probation on a theft charge; and Aug. 5, 2014, for violation of probation on three theft of property valued at $1,500-$20,000 charges.
Shufeldt took Gibson, who is also known by Gary Skeet Gibson and Gray Lee Gibson, into custody just after 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021. Gibson was booked into Hopkins County jail, where he remained Friday morning, April 23, 2021, for theft of property valued at less than $2,500, which would normally be a misdemeanor offense. However, because of the prior theft convictions, the charge was enhanced to a state jail felony offense.
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