September 24, 2023

A homeless man who was arrested for theft informed police that he stole a fan from a House Depot in Girl Lake as a result of he was overheated.

Girl Lake Police responded to a theft in progress at House Depot, situated at 871 North US Freeway 27/441, at about 1:58 p.m. on Monday, August 28.

In keeping with an arrest report from the Girl Lake Police Division, whereas regulation enforcement was en route, items got the outline of a suspect later recognized as 43-year-old James Christopher Johnson.

Upon arrival on the scene, officers met with an asset safety specialist recognized to officers by earlier encounters exterior of the shop. He directed officers to the entrance car parking zone of the shop and pointed towards Johnson as he walked away from the enterprise.

James Christopher Johnson

Johnson was detained whereas the worker was questioned in regards to the occasions, the report stated. The worker said that previous to regulation enforcement’s arrival, he was strolling inside the shop when he seen Johnson coming into and strolling towards the center raceway.

The worker says Johnson then grabbed a 12-inch desk fan value $19.98 and eliminated it from its authentic field. He hid the fan in his backpack earlier than leaving the shop.

Throughout an interview with regulation enforcement, Johnson said he took the fan as a result of he was overheated. In keeping with the report, officers searched Johnson’s backpack and located the black fan inside.

Johnson was arrested and authorities later found that he has had three prior convictions for theft. He was convicted of petit theft in April 1999 and Could 2021, and he was convicted of grand theft in September 2012.

Johnson was charged with petit theft (third subsequent offense) and was was transported to the Lake County Jail with bond set at $2,000, in keeping with courtroom information.