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Monday, Jun 20, 2005
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Posted on Thu, Jun. 16, 2005

Sheriff: Suspect fled on a bicycle


A store clerk's report of an alleged shoplifter who fled on a bicycle led deputy sheriff's to a wooded area where Charles McLaurin Jr. allegedly was found with merchandise from the Flying J Travel Plaza.

The clerk reported the man stashed the items in a blue bag on Tuesday and pedaled south on Canal Road. Deputies found McLaurin in a wooded area off Canal and recovered a CD player, 13 DVDs and other items, sheriff's officials said.

McLaurin, 36, of Cardinal Drive, Gulfport, was arrested on a felony shoplifting charge and simple assault by fear, a misdemeanor. He was held at the county jail on $3,500 bond set by Justice Court Judge Dianne Ladner.

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