A shoplifting suspect is being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $60,000 bond after her arrest at the Wal-Mart on Highway 42 in Cleveland.
Loss prevention staff at Wal-Mart called Johnston County deputies shortly after midnight Tuesday after they spotted a SUV back up to an emergency exit door and the driver get out of the vehicle and walk into the store. Deputies arrived and allegedly found the unoccupied SUV had a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside and the wrong license plate on the vehicle.
About that same time, a Wal-Mart employee notified the officer a woman had filled her shopping cart with items, failed to pay for the merchandise at the checkout, then push the cart to the emergency exit door. Deputies located the woman, Nyara Deje Johnson, 23, of Raleigh.
Johnson, who was also identified as the operator of the SUV, was reportedly found to have marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in her possession. She allegedly confessed to shoplifting a 43 inch TV valued at $409 from the same store a day earlier.
Johnson was arrested on six criminal charges including attempted larceny, felony larceny from a merchant using an emergency door, and felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Officers also impounded her SUV.
She allegedly told officers she sold the stolen TV to an unknown person for cash.