Suspect was banned from every Walmart

Published 12:01 am Sunday, April 22, 2018

VIDALIA — A Vidalia man who police arrested on a charge of felony theft Friday is banned from every Walmart in America.

Vidalia police officers responded to a call from the Vidalia Walmart at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, Lt. Miranda Clifton said.

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The caller told officers that a man — later identified as Joseph C. England — had stolen merchandise from the store and was driving away in a gold car.

When officers pulled into the parking lot, Clifton said they noticed a car matching the description leaving.

Officers pulled the vehicle over and said they saw what appeared to be stolen merchandise sitting in the passenger seat.

Clifton said England made no attempt to flee, and instead complied with officers.

Walmart management notified police of England’s ban, which says England is banned for life from entering any of the more than 6,000 stores in the United States.

Walmart banned England, Clifton said, because of previous convictions for theft from the business.

In the Miss-Lou, England has been arrested for theft or shoplifting in 2012, 2015, 2016 and pleaded guilty to two counts of shoplifting in June 2016.

Because of his prior convictions, officers charged England, 50, 139 Lyons Road, with felony-level theft and entry or remaining on premises after being forbidden.

England was being held Saturday in the Concordia Parish jail with no bond set.