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Habitual shoplifter arrested in Henderson

Posted December 29, 2010

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— Police on Tuesday arrested a man who has been convicted 43 times for shoplifting or misdemeanor larceny after he allegedly stole from a Food Lion supermarket in Henderson.

Calvin Wilson, 51, of 835 Water St. in Henderson, was charged with misdemeanor larceny, second-degree trespassing and resisting a public officer.

Officers said he tried to take $57 in country ham, ham biscuits and steaks from the Food Lion, at 1419 E. Andrews Ave.

The Henderson Police Department is working with local retailers to crack down on habitual shoplifters like Wilson by enforcing a state law that makes it illegal to remain in an establishment without consent when there is an intent to commit a crime. The department also is lobbying state lawmakers to enact a habitual misdemeanor larceny law.

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  • Go Figure Dec 30, 2010

    I witnessed a young girl, maybe 12, put on a belt that she ripped that tag off in Target. She was hanging around the section of belts, kept looking around to see if anyone was looking and then just slipped the belt on around her waist. By then I had already gone to the store manager but this kid was sly, she slipped right on out. THEN I saw the same girl in a Walgreens trying to steal something else. By the time I went back after going to the store manager, she had slipped out again. Who knows if she got what she had in her hands.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Dec 30, 2010

    He will get out and steal again. It's what habitual thieves do. How many times did he succeed? He needs an encounter with Jesus because the criminal justice system isn't getting through to him.

  • randyedge Dec 30, 2010

    I Agree 100% with You delilahk2000, I have looked Him up on N.C. DOC Public Offenders Search site and He has been Convicted of Many, Many more cahrges such as Drugs, Fraud and everything else You can think of!!!

  • delilahk2000 Dec 30, 2010

    A LOT OF THESE PARENTS ARE RAISING THEIR KIDS TO THIS DAY TO BE THIEVES. I HAVE SEEN IT AT WAL-MART IN LOUISBURG. THEY WERE TEARING OPEN PACKAGES AND EATING IN THE STORE, I TOLD SOMEONE AND THEY SAID THE MANAGER WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SO THESE GIRLS THAT I SAW DO THIS ARE GOING TO BE THIEVES AND LOOK WHO IS THE BLAME. THEIR USELESS PARENTS.

  • FireFaerie Dec 30, 2010

    Back in the day they would cut off your hands for stealing .... maybe they should try that approach again!

  • delilahk2000 Dec 30, 2010

    ROBIN, HE IS A COMMON THIEF AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. IT DOES HURT US WE HAVE TO PAY HIGHER COST BECAUSE SOME ARE JUST TO LAZY TO GET OUT THERE AND WORK AND CRY POOR ME. I'M SICK OF THE EXCUSES. 43 TIMES, THESE ARE JUST THE ONES WE KNOW ABOUT. LOCK HIM UP.

  • randyedge Dec 30, 2010

    Wildcat, I don't want this person locked up forever, where ever You got that You are Crazy explains "wildcat" I suppose, I am just trying to point out the fact that everyone keeps saying he was stealing because he was hungry is not true, look at his Record, But if You want to keep paying higher prices for Groceries and other stuff, Then maybe We can suggest to the Judge that You take him in and support His Drug Use, You seem to don't be concerned at all about Higher Prices, cost it takes to prosecute (43 times+)but no for Gods sake, just let Him out and let him steal is what it sounds like You want, I guess I will just put You and Him in My Prayers!!!!!

  • tobywilliamson58 Dec 30, 2010

    Wildcat: Stay out of the coolaid please!

  • ctkane Dec 30, 2010

    Ever consider maybe his plan is to get caught because he knows being arrested means he will get three hots and a cot...

  • TravelinMan Dec 30, 2010

    As long as people continue to make excuses for corrupt behavior nothing will ever change in our society. This man has had 42 chances to correct his corrupt behavior but he still hasn't done it. I think instead of sending him to jail (if that does happen) he should be made to work off his theft at the food lion in whatever capacity the manager sees fit. He may find he has more abilities other than petty crime and finally contribute to society instead of steal from it.

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