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Couple Caught Cashing in on Wal-Mart Items

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James Edward Jefferson, Marion Co. Jail James Edward Jefferson, Marion Co. Jail
Olivia Rochelle Howard, Marion Co. Jail Olivia Rochelle Howard, Marion Co. Jail

According to Detective Mike Cooper with the Columbia Police Department, James Edward Jefferson and Olivia Howard have been arrested on felony shoplifting and conspiracy to shoplift charges. Those charges are pending.

Cooper says the pair were taking large items (like vacuum cleaners and sewing machines) from Wal-Marts, presenting phony receipts to clerks at the door then taking those items to other Wal-Marts and collecting cash.

Authorities believe that Wal-Marts in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Alabama and Florida have all lost thousands of dollars because of this incident.

Police say four more suspects are at large. They believe the shoplifting has gone on for at least two to three months.

Cooper says the Columbia Police Department is currently talking to officials with Wal-Mart and continue to investigate the case.

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