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A big Dougherty County shoplifting ring is busted

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June 9, 2008

Albany -- Brazen thieves got away with big screen TVs, window air condition units, even refrigerators, just by walking them out of stores. The items were taken from Target, Lowe's, and Sears.

Dougherty County Sheriff's investigators say Mayurkumar Patel, who managed the Dollar inn on North Slappey, had Wyatt Adam Lastinger and James Franklin Strickland steal the goods for his motel. Investigators say they just picked them up and walked out side and back doors.

Capt. Craig Dodd of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office says that Patel is charged with ten counts of theft by receiving, and is out of jail on bail.

"They would just walk straight out the door with them brazenly as if they owned them or had purchased them," said Dodd. "Whenever somebody goes out with something like that, the last thing you're going to think of is that they're brave enough to go out the door with something that big."

Patel is charged with ten counts of theft by receiving and is out of jail on bail.

Franklin and Lastinger are still in the Dougherty County jail on theft charges.

Lastinger is also charged with aggravated assault.

Investigators say he pulled out a box cutter on two Sears employees who tried to stop him when he was leaving the store on May 31st.

Franklin and Lastinger are still in the Dougherty County jail on theft charges.

Lastinger is also charged with aggravated assault.

Investigators say he pulled out a box cutter on two Sears employees who tried to stop him when he was leaving the store on May 31st.

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