Thursday, January 21, 2010
Johnny Smith, the Shoplifter
Those injuries on Johnny Smith's face are the result of him scuffling with Columbia County deputies Tuesday afternoon after he was allegedly caught shoplifting a camera at Wal-mart.
According to a sheriff's report, the 30-year-old suspect concealed a digital camera in his pants at Wal-mart on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. A Wal-mart employee who witnessed the theft confronted Mr. Smith and asked for the items back, but the suspect bolted.
After the employee's call to law enforcement, Reserve Deputy Les Walden and Deputy Scott Curry caught Mr. Smith and had to wrestle him to the ground to handcuff him. While kicking his legs and trying to roll onto his side, the suspect sustained a tear to his left pants and injuries to his knee and face.
Mr. Smith was checked out by EMS and then transported to the Columbia County Jail on charges of larceny and three counts of felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer.