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Homeless Man Steals $280 Versace Sunglasses from Augusta Mall


He doesn’t have a home, but he has a taste for expensive sunglasses.

Waites with sunglassesJames Waites, 29, was charged Sunday with stealing a $280 pair of Versace sunglasses from the Augusta Mall.

According to a sheriff’s report, an employee of Sunglass Hut reported the theft of the sunglasses from the lower-level store. She reviewed the store’s closed-circuit security system and saw Waites taking the glasses.

“Video shows the subject walking into the store, selecting the merchandise, placing it in one of his jean pockets on his right side and exiting the store without paying for the merchandise,” a report says.

Waites, who is listed as homeless on a sheriff’s report, was later found by mall security near entrance five and brought back to the store to be charged with shoplifting. Authorities never found the sunglasses on him, but video showed him hanging with another man who was never located.

(Note: The photo illustration above shows what Waites would look like with Versace sunglasses.)

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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