Shoplifting Suspect Used Stolen Identity

A Harnett County man reportedly gave officers a stolen identity after being arrested for shoplifting.  At 1:49pm Saturday, Feb. 13th, deputies responded to a shoplifting call at Wal-Mart at 5141 Highway 42 West in the Cleveland community. 

Officers took Christopher Scott James, 38, of Angier into custody for allegedly stealing two jackets and a pair of headphones. 

During his arrest, James allegedly gave arresting officers the ID card of Brandon Crumpler. The identification card had been stolen during a 2019 vehicle break-in off Highway 701 South of Four Oaks.  During the car break-in, the suspect also cut the tires and seats to the vehicle, spray painted the steering wheel and cut the brake lines.  James was never charged with the car break-in.

After James was booked into jail Feb. 13th authorities learned his true identity. They also learned there were two outstanding warrants for his arrest in Harnett County for domestic assault.

James was served with the Harnett County arrest warrants. He was also charged with felony identity theft, misdemeanor larceny, resisting a public officer and possession of stolen property. James was held without bond pending his first court appearance.