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Three charged for shoplifting lawnmower
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What can you do with a riding lawn mower and three sets of Egyptian cotton sheets? That's what police want to know after arresting three suspects Monday for taking the items without paying.
    Three suspects loaded a riding lawn mower into a pickup truck Monday at Sears and left before paying for it, said Statesboro Police Capt. L. C. Williams. When officers apprehended the suspects, they found the sheet sets inside the vehicle that were stolen from JC Penney, he said.
    Statesboro Police received a call Monday afternoon that suspects were leaving Sears in a gold Chevrolet Blazer, carrying a riding lawn mower that the suspects did not pay for, he said.
    Several officers responded to the area, and Georgia State Patrol Trooper John Priest located the Blazer on Chandler Road, he said.
    Priest "saw the lawn mower hanging out of the back of the Blazer and stopped it," Williams said.
    Statesboro Police Det. Ken Scott responded to the scene and identified the occupants of the vehicle as Dorsey Wilson Jr., 58, Poplar Avenue, Macon; Melvina Tharps Burgman, 43, Virginia Drive, Warner Robins; and James Nathaniel Waller, 50, listed as homeless in Macon.
    "Further investigation revealed $560 worth of merchandise stolen from JC Penney was also located in the vehicle, Williams said.
    All three suspects were charged with felony theft by taking and felony theft by shoplifting. Waller was also charged with giving false information after giving a fictitious name, he said.
    Burgman was also wanted in Bibb County for probation violations regarding cocaine possession and contempt of court. Wilson was also wanted by Houston County for probation violations regarding felony shoplifting, Williams said.
    All three suspects were taken to the Bulloch County Jail where they are being held without bond, according to jail records.
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