A man shoplifted over $250 worth of merchandise and was found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, was arrested and released at the scene by Tumwater police last Friday.
Ben Harris, 28, of Temecula, California, was spotted at about 9:30 p.m. on May 28 by the loss-prevention staff at Walmart on Littlerock Rd in Tumwater, as he exited the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise and entered into a silver sedan in the parking lot.
Tumwater police contacted Harris, who was standing next to the open driver-side door in the Walmart parking lot.
Police say Harris said he told them he had no weapons in his possession. A search of Harris revealed a small uncapped pen knife, which cut the officer’s small pinkie during the search and a pair of brass knuckles.
The value of the items stolen from Walmart totaled $264.23. The items were returned to the store after being photographed and cataloged.
Harris was cited for shoplifting and possession of a dangerous weapon and released at the scene.
Harris also said he was alone. It was noted in the police report that Harris’ girlfriend arrived as Harris was released. Harris’ girlfriend had been arrested earlier for shoplifting at that same Walmart and released, according to police.