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EPD nabs two men for Walmart thefts

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EPD nabs two men for Walmart thefts

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A Milledgeville man reportedly hid some merchandise inside the Eatonton Walmart, then returned the next day and walked out the door with some of those items without paying. He and the driver of the get-away car were arrested later by Eatonton police officers, according to reports from Eatonton Police Department.

Brandon Marshall Bloodworth, 26, of Pancras Road, Milledgeville, was charged on Aug. 31 with shoplifting more than $300 and party to a crime.

Micah Shane McDade, 22, of Hwy. 49 West, Milledgeville, was charged on Sept. 4 with shoplifting more than $300.

Security video revealed McDade reportedly had hidden $800 worth of merchandise on Thursday, Aug. 30, then returned Friday and put $300 worth in a backpack and walked out of the store. Because Walmart employees were chasing him, he jumped onto the exterior of a black Chevrolet Trailblazer being driven by Bloodworth and hung onto the rack on top of the SUV as it was driven out of the parking lot, Police Chief Kent Lawrence said. Lawrence described the stolen items as “all kinds of stuff.”

Driving around Friday after the incident, the chief saw the Trailblazer parked at the Legacy Housing manufacturing plant, where Bloodworth apparently worked. When Bloodworth walked out of the plant and started driving away, EPD officer Johnny Campbell stopped him and arrested him. He was taken to Putnam County Jail, where he posted a $410 property bond.

McDade, who also worked at Legacy, was arrested at the factory Tuesday morning. Chief said McDade ran from them and was chased through the factory but was caught when he ran in the bathroom to hide.