COVINGTON, Ga. - A Newton County Sheriff’s Office Jailer was arrested on a felony shoplifting charge after a local Wal-Mart asset protection employee reported at least 21 incidents of shoplifting while in NCSO uniform.
According to a Covington Police Department press release, William Ellis Chesson, of Covington, can be seen in security video shoplifting more than $500 worth of merchandise between Nov. 13, 2017 and Jan. 29.
Chesson would reportedly visit the store in uniform between 5 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. and conceal the items in his clothing and exit the store.
“On one occasion, Chesson shoplifted twice by putting the items he had taken in his car and then returning to the store for more,” according to the release.
Items taken include clothing, personal hygiene items, medication, frozen foods, produce, electronics and other items.
Chesson is reportedly also suspected of shoplifting in March of 2017 at the same Wal-Mart location.
The case has been turned over to the Newton County District Attorney’s office and is pending trial.
"This is a CPD case," NCSO Spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morrison told The News in an email. "He resigned in lieu of termination from us."