Teamwork between deputies from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Wal-Mart associates put a serial thief behind bars on Sunday.
The BCSO was contacted on October 17 about a man observed on store security videos taking items and walking out of the store to get away in a gold colored Cadillac without paying for the items. The man was documented stealing electronics. The man was also recognized by several deputies as a suspect in numerous other retail theft cases from Wal-Mart stores in Bay County, some which took place in September of 2013.
On Saturday, an off-duty deputy in Dillards store observed a man leaving the store carrying three pairs of leather boots in his hands. The man drove away in a gold Cadillac. The deputy checked with store management and confirmed the boots, valued at $300, were stolen.
On Sunday, an Asset Protection Associate at Wal-Mart spotted the gold Cadillac parked in a parking lot along North Tyndall Parkway.
She contacted the BCSO and reported the man and the vehicle matched the description of the man documented on several store videos stealing from the Callaway Wal-Mart.
Deputies responded to the parking lot to find 43 year old Jimmy Jenkins of Callaway leaning into the gold Cadillac with the hood opened. When Jenkins saw the deputies he pulled a bicycle from the back seat and locked the car.
Deputies observed that the bicycle appeared brand new with no wear on the tires and still had cardboard packaging and a bar code on it. In plain view inside the car were leather boots and a backpack. A records check revealed the tag was not assigned to the Cadillac.
A call to Wal-Mart confirmed that a man matching Jenkins description had just stolen a bicycle and a backpack of items with a value of $540 from the Callaway Wal-Mart.
Jenkins was arrested and charged with five counts of retail theft and resisting an officer without violence.
The investigation continues as Jenkins is believed connected to multiple incidents of retail theft at Wal-Mart stores in Callaway, Lynn Haven, Panama City, and Panama City Beach.
Additional charges are expected.