A habitual shoplifter violated his ban from a supermarket and is in the Muscogee County Jail on Christmas Day for the price of two beers, according to a Columbus police report.
James Lee Williams, 55, of King Street was arrested Monday on a charge of felony theft by shoplifting and criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.
According to the report, Officer Delante Odom was dispatched at 12:44 a.m. to the Piggly Wiggly at 910 Brown Ave. in reference to a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, Odom spoke with a witness who said he saw Williams selecting items and concealing them. Odom took Williams into custody and transported him to the Muscogee County Jail.
Williams told Odom that he did take the items but someone was supposed to give him money for the beers, a Coors Light and a Busch totaling $2.38, the report says. Odom discovered Williams had been banned from the Piggly Wiggly and has a record of five shoplifting convictions.