COVINGTON -- A Covington woman has been charged with felony shoplifting after she was allegedly caught with several unpaid-for grocery items in her possession at Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Monday afternoon.
According to the Covington Police Department incident report on the episode, a criminal background check showed the woman had five prior shoplifting convictions.
Tresa Deshawn Johnson, 38, of 105 Shenandoah Drive, was arrested in connection with the theft of five packages of blueberries; one pack of plates; one book; one pack of plastic wrap; a pound of asparagus; and two packages of garland. The merchandise was valued at $76.26 before taxes.
The CPD incident report states that a Kroger employee notified the CPD that the woman had been observed by two employees concealing the items in an empty Kroger bag.
The employees said they observed the woman go to the self-checkout line and pay for several items, but not pay for others. The employees said the woman next went to the customer service desk and watched them and "appeared to have realized she was being monitored, and at that time she went back into the store and placed multiple items back on the shelf. Johnson then left the store with more items that she had not paid for," which included the list above, the incident report states. She was escorted back into the store by the employees.
When CPD officers arrived, the woman apparently gave them a wrong name at first, but then told them she was Tresa Deshawn Johnson. Officers had to get the woman's daughter to verify her mother's name and date of birth as no driver's license information came back on her. She was also charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer.
In other crime news, a Covington man has been arrested in connection with the springtime theft of an employee's wallet at Maxey Insurance on West Avenue in Conyers.
Fajarrell Marquez Jackson, 22, of 1012 Carlton Trail, has been charged by Conyers Police with four counts of financial transaction card fraud and one count of theft by taking -- felony in connection with the April 30 incident.
The victim told police at the time of the theft that her wallet was stolen from her purse at work, most likely while the other employee was at lunch and she had to take cash payments to the back of the business. The victim gave police a list of all the customers who had come in and paid cash during the time the other employee was out of the office.
Several attempts were made to use the victim's two debit cards in Covington on the day of the theft. Jackson was the only customer identified as having paid cash on that day who also lived in Covington.