Two men charged with stealing hose pipe
The first incident happened just after 1 p.m. on Saturday at Home Depot on Whiskey Road, according to the report. A loss prevention officer told police he saw the suspect put several hose pipe fittings inside his jacket, walk down a few aisles and then try to leave the store without paying for the items. The suspect was stopped and brought back into the store.
The suspect told officers before leaving that he had two previous shoplifting convictions, according to the report.
While searching the suspect, officers found a metal pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine inside his left front pocket, according to the report.
The suspect, 41-year-old James Marvin Hammett of Alpine Drive in Aiken, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting-third or subsequent. He was also served with three warrants for financial transaction card fraud.
The second incident happened about four hours later, according to the report.
An employee saw the suspect walk through the store and conceal numerous hose pipe fittings on himself, then walk out of the store, according to the report. The employee struggled briefly with the suspect before getting him back into the store.
While searching the suspect, officers found two pipes in his left front pocket commonly used to smoke crack, according to the report. In another front pocket, officers also found a bag containing three white, rocklike substances believed to be crack cocaine.
The suspect, 51-year-old James Pervis Johnson of Green Acres Park Lane in Warrenville, was charged with shoplifting-second, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of crack cocaine.