Warrants: Man stole $2K in electronics from Walmart

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — Police have charged a man accused of shoplifting more than $2,000 worth of items from the Rockingham Walmart in April.

Bryan Thomas Miles, 32, of Henderson, allegedly stole five Apple iPods and six handheld game systems on April 27, worth a total of $2,271.88, according to warrants for his arrest. Warrants also state that he conspired with two other individuals, Johnnie Sherlock Magbie and Marquel Maurice Epps, in committing the offense.

They apparently escaped with the items by destroying the anti-shoplifting technology on the items, according to the warrants.

Miles was served warrants on June 11, but records show Magbie and Epps have not been charged in the case. State records show they are not currently facing any charges, other than a traffic violation for Magbie in Pitt County.

Miles is charged with one felony count each of larceny; larceny by removing, destroying or deactivating a component of an anti-shoplifting device; and conspiracy.

He was released from custody on a $50,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 9.

Miles has never been incarcerated, but has been convicted of several felonies and misdemeanors — all for larceny — dating back to a misdemeanor larceny conviction in Vance County in November 2013, for which he received probation, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

He was convicted of a felony larceny in Pasquotank County in June 2015, two counts of felony larceny in Wake County in January 2017, and two more in Virginia last October. He was also convicted of another misdemeanor larceny in Guilford County in July 2016.

Magbie, 39, has served a total of 34 months in prison since 1997 and has been convicted of nine felonies for drug, weapon and theft charges, along with 12 misdemeanors, according to state records.

Epps, 21, has never been incarcerated but has been convicted of four larceny-related charged, two felonies and two misdemeanors, since February 2016.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674 or [email protected]

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer