Shoplifting Suspects Facing Felony Charges

Police have arrested two people for unrelated shoplifting incidents at the Smithfield Walmart.

Around 5:30pm Saturday, Walmart loss prevention called Smithfield Police after allegedly spotting a woman shoplift $53.27 in food and clothing items.

Tammy Lynette Horton, 44, of Sue Circle, Dunn was arrested before she could leave the business.  Police said based on Horton’s extensive criminal history for larceny and shoplifting incidents she was charged with felony habitual larceny. The items were recovered.  Horton was jailed under a $25,000 bond.

Police were summoned to Walmart around 2:30pm Sunday after loss prevention staff allegedly saw a man cut open boxes of merchandise to remove the items, then used pliers to remove anti-theft devices on the items.    Police detained Ronald Elvin Morst Jr., 52, of Graves Street, Selma before he left the store.  Morst had allegedly tried to steal 5 knives, 6 hair clippers, 2 drill sets, and 2 stopwatches valued at $328.83.  While arresting Morst, officers allegedly located a counterfeit $20 bill in his pocket.

Morst was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $30,000 bond charged with 5 felony counts of larceny by removing an anti-theft device, one felony count of possession of counterfeit currency, and one misdemeanor count of shoplifting.

(A mugshot for Ronald Morst was not available by our news deadline)