Staff Report – TheRecordLive

A 26 year old Bridge City man was arrested Monday for shoplifting hair care products from the Market Basket store on 16th St. At 8:04 P.M., Officer J.C. Arnold arrived at the store to find several employees detaining the shoplifter “flat on his back, pinned to the pavement, with two store employees holding him down.”

Officer Arnold placed Jerod Dean Atkins in handcuffs after he learned the suspect had entered the store and concealed a tube of “Short and Sexy Hair” brand hair gel. He then exited the north doors of the business without paying for the item, valued at $15.00.

When the suspect was confronted in the parking lot, he provided the merchandise back and tried to flee in a vehicle. At that point, store employees physically held and pinned him to the ground.

After the store manager stated he wished to pursue charges, Atkins was arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.

The merchandise was returned to the store after being photographed as evidence.