Following an alleged habitual shoplifter Sunday became dangerous for one Family Dollar employee after the suspect allegedly pulled out a box cutter and threatened her, according to court testimony.
Curtis Henry, 52, faced charges of theft by shoplifting and terroristic threats during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing. The charges are not his first — Judge Michael Cielinski noted he had ten prior convictions.
An officer told the court he was called to the Cusseta Road Family Dollar after an employee reported she had been threatened by a potential shoplifter. The employee told police that she began following Henry around the store Sunday afternoon because she recognized him as having shoplifted in the past.
At some point, Henry whirled around and revealed a box cutter. He allegedly told the woman that "if she valued her life, she wouldn't follow someone like him around," the officer told the court.
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The altercation continued outside the store, where another employee testified Henry continued to threaten employees with the box cutter and warned that no one should come near him if they valued their life.
The officer later found Henry walking down Cusseta Road in the rain. He was taken to Muscogee County Jail after he was identified by store employees.
Cielinski set Henry's bond at $25,000. He also faces a probation violation and contempt of court hearing Monday at 2 p.m.