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DECATUR — A 46-year-old man who was just released from jail walked out of a convenience store after eating nachos and having unopened packages of food concealed in the pockets of his cargo pants, Decatur police said.

The man faces a preliminary charge of theft under $500 with a prior conviction, a Class 4 felony subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. Court documents filed with the case noted the man had been released from jail Feb. 4 after being charged with the same crime at the same Circle K, 501 N. Main St., violating his bail.

In a sworn affidavit, officers said an employee called police just before 3:30 a.m. Thursday and told officers he saw the suspect eat a tray of nachos, put several items into pockets of his pants and hoodie and walk out of the store without paying. Police spotted the man and noticed the items poking out of his pockets, the affidavit said. A search revealed he was carrying three unopened beef jerky and cheese sticks and a candy bar, the affidavit said.

Police said the man admitted taking the items, and he was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he was being held Friday in lieu of $25,000 bond. If he is released, he is ordered to stay away from any Circle K.


2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. 

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