An intoxicated man allegedly made a boy help him shoplift from a Richland Avenue store on Saturday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Russell Shawn Lawson, 32, of Wrights Mill Road in Aiken, was charged with disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
Lawson was seen staggering across Richland Avenue with an orange plastic cup in his hand, which he emptied as officers approached, according to the incident report. Lawson smelled strongly of alcohol and exhibited signs of intoxication.
The juvenile told officers Lawson took him into Walmart on Richland Avenue and made him help shoplift merchandise from the store, the report stated. Lawson reportedly took him to the electronics section and told him to remove an Xbox 360 earpiece from its packaging. When the juvenile told him he didn't want to steal the item, Lawson “looked angrily at him and made him fear for his safety.”
While trying to shoplift the items, Lawson was approached by store employees and asked to leave, according to the report.
The report did not indicate any charges against the juvenile.
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