Alleged candy theft leads to arrest in Vidor

Alleged candy theft leads to arrest in Vidor

A man accused of shoplifting in Vidor discovered Dec. 20 that stealing candy from Dollar General is not as easy as stealing candy from a baby in the proverbial sense.

Police arrested 35-year-old Jody Lamar Templeton of Vidor for theft and multiple warrants after he was reportedly caught shoplifting at the Dollar General on Highway 12 in Vidor on Dec. 20 at about 6:48 p.m. According to the police report, VPD Officer Edward Spera and a fellow officer were dispatched to the store in the 1700 block of Highway 12 after an employee of the store complained that the man had taken something from the shelves and put it inside his jacket without paying for the item.

Officers arrived at the store and made contact with Templeton, who they described as initially "belligerent and uncooperative."

"Templeton cursed at us and was warned not to use profanity in the store," reports Spera. As the officers began patting down the suspect, Templeton allegedly tried to jerk away and told Spera, "Do your (expletive) job!" At that time, Spera reports he advised Templeton he was under arrest for disorderly conduct and escorted him outside to the patrol unit. While searching the suspect, officers reportedly discovered several bags of candy and two Snickers bars in his jacket pocket  amounting to about $5. During a warrant check, Spera reports they discovered Templeton had three warrants for his arrest. Spera advised Templeton he was under arrest for those warrants, also.

After the man reportedly calmed down, Templeton apologized to the officers, who graciously dropped the disorderly conduct charges. He was cited for theft and issued a criminal trespass warning for the store per personnel's request. Templeton was taken to the Orange County Jail for the outstanding traffic warrants.