Aiken man charged with shoplifting

An Aiken man was charged with shoplifting after he allegedly stole two cases of beer and had a pack of chicken nuggets hidden in his waist band, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Earnest Jeffery Simpkins, 36, of Congress Drive, was charged with shoplifting and gross intoxication. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Simpkins took two cases of beer from a gas station on York Street without paying for them, according to a report. He was seen putting the cases down in the parking lot of Burger King, the report said.

Officers reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from Simpkins when they spoke with him, and Simpkins appeared to have slurred speech and trouble maintaining his balance, according to the report.

Officers asked Simpkins how much he’d been drinking and he responded, “Too much,” according to the report.

During a search, officer found an unopened package of chicken nuggets in Simpkins’ waist band, according to the report.