A man arrested for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from Walmart on Highway 42 West in the Cleveland community is facing a felony charge.
On April 3rd around 4:15pm, Johnston County deputies were dispatched to the business for a report a man was attempting to leave without paying for $90 in merchandise. The items included a silver necklace, headphones, sunglasses and a coffee drink.
The suspect, Francisco Melo Ramierez, 38, of Northview Drive, Garner had allegedly removed a security theft device off one of the items in an attempt to avoid detection.
Ramierez was charged with felony larceny by removing or destroying an anti-theft device. He was held on a $25,000 bond at the Johnston County Jail.
The stolen items were returned to Walmart.