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Man accused of stealing $1 worth of candy

Posted July 8, 2009

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— A Roseboro man accused of stealing $1 worth of candy from a convenience store faces a number of charges in connection with the allegations.

Sampson County deputies arrested Charles Ennis Strickland, 56, of 1561 Elizabethtown Highway, Sunday evening on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing and delaying justice and larceny after he allegedly walked into the Minuteman Food Mart, stole 10 peppermint candies and ran.

Deputies found him about 10 minutes later at another convenience store.

Strickland was released from the Sampson County jail on a $500 bond. His trial date is set for Aug. 25.


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  • FireFaerie88 aka snugglebunny Jul 8, 2009

    To all those who say that no action should have been taken, please think about this ..... If someone knows that they can get away with theft as long as it's under a certain dollar amount, what is there to stop everyone from doing it? Looting would run rampant everywhere. The Dollar Tree would have to shut down completely. They should have arrested the man, and I'm glad they did. He would have never learned his lesson had they just simply ignored the theft. It will just keep happening over and over, and get worse each time if they feel that there is no consequence. If everyone is so worried about the taxpayers money going to (stupid arrests), maybe we should start charging the convicted crimals for their food and lodging during their jail stay. If they had to pay for this themselves when they decided to be stupid, it would not only teach them a lesson, but also help the economy and our local government.

  • jobchick2004 Jul 8, 2009

    Maybe he has "mint" tal issues.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 8, 2009

    The cops simply did their job. If its reported, and the complaintant wants to press charges, the officers don't have a choice.

    This guy obviously had previously ticked off someone at the store. There is probably a LONG history with this guy and the store attendants. They finally got to the end of their rope and were looking for ANY reason to take him down.

  • Caveman93 Jul 8, 2009

    Times is hard!

  • Sidekick Jul 8, 2009

    How convenient.

  • Fun Jul 8, 2009

    To Bev, the crime is....he didnt pay the sales tax.

  • LibertarianTechie Jul 8, 2009

    Maybe the guy needed to freshen his breath.

  • coolwill43 Jul 8, 2009

    I think it cost the tax payers 33 thousand dollars a year to jail a prisoner. The cop should have never investigated this. There should be a law that directs police if there is no violence involved. It cost the police more than $1.00 to arrest this guy. This is a waste of money. The candy wholesale may have cost lest than 50 cents. What a waste. The word is THINK.

  • JohnB2012 Jul 8, 2009

    He will get jail time and they will parole another serial killer to make room for him.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jul 8, 2009

    I can only think there was some kind of mental thing wrong in this situation...