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Man charged with shoplifting maxi pads at W.Va. store

October 23, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 21-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., man was arraigned over the weekend on a felony count of shoplifting after a grocery store employee told police they caught him attempting to steal maxi pads, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Scott Douglas McDonough Jr., of 120 Five Point Ave., was charged Friday with shoplifting third offense by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman C.E. Mullenix, according to the officer's complaint filed with the court. Magistrate Sandra L. Miller set a $5,000 bond in an arraignment hearing Saturday, records show.

McDonough was detained outside the Weis Market at 1102 N. Queen St. shortly before 5 p.m. Friday by a security officer and a store employee who told police he watched the incident, according to Mullenix's complaint.

After picking up a package of maxi pads, McDonough was seen walking into the store's "bread cove," where he ripped open the package and put a number of maxi pads in his back pocket, Mullenix said in his complaint.

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When the store employee stopped the man outside the store and asked him about the maxi pads, the man began to run away, but he was caught by the security officer and the employee, Mullenix said in his complaint.

A search of the man led to the discovery of several maxi pads, according to Mullenix, who later discovered the accused had been convicted of shoplifting in February and September 2005.

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