The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 6, 2014

Shoplifting case now in hands of local courts

Police say a 33-year-old man who was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting at the Target store in Joplin had been caught on store surveillance footage stealing merchandise worth hundreds of dollars on three previous occasions.

Eric M. Carrol was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. when he allegedly tried to leave the store at 3151 E. Seventh St. without paying for $615 worth of items, including a Bose stereo system and speakers. The rural Joplin man was charged with felony stealing.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said store surveillance allegedly captured Carrol on tape stealing about $394 worth of items on Jan. 30, $440 worth on Jan. 31 and $660 worth on Feb. 3, but he managed to avoid arrest each time.

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