Dalton pair arrested after shoplifting plants, bag of oranges and a jar of pickles from Walmart
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Thursday, June 4th, 2020, at approximately 8:22 PM, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, located at 2545 East Walnut Avenue, in reference to shoplifting. The deputy was advised a white female accompanied by a black male with a cane exited the store with merchandise without paying. The deputy arrived shortly after the call and conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle in the parking lot. The deputy made contact with William Steven Bonds, 52 of Dalton and Karen Denise Asbeury, 56 of Dalton. The deputy advised the two that he had stopped them due to a shoplifting that had just occurred. Both denied stealing any items from Walmart. Neither could provide receipts for the items. The loss prevention associate for Walmart advised that Karen did not pay for any items that she took from the store. He advised that William only paid for some of the items he had taken from the store. The deputy located several bags containing potted plants and one bag containing food items. The loss prevention associate advised that Karen had taken the plants, and William was responsible for the food items. Karen said she paid for her items and showed the deputy a debit card stating multiple times that she put her card in the machine. Deputy Millsaps asked Karen how much she paid for her items. The loss prevention associate showed the deputy video of the shoplifting. Karen could be seen scanning the plants, and when she inserted her card into the machine, she could be seen pressing the cancel button. Karen removed her card and took the plants from the store. William could be seen on video scanning a box of crackers and sardines. He placed a bag of oranges and a jar of pickles into the same grocery bag without scanning them. The total value of the eight plants Karen attempted to steal was $64.47. The value of the oranges and pickles was $8.30. The loss prevention associate advised he wished for both subjects to be trespassed from Walmart property. Both suspects were transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with theft by shoplifting. Bonds was also charged with probation violation.