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Local thief not happy
Duck Dynasty jacket among items targeted
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A man isn’t “happy, happy, happy” after he was reportedly caught trying to jack a Duck Dynasty coat and other items from Walmart.
The suspect, Jamie Owen Watson, 41, faces aggravated assault and shoplifting charges after he told store security he had a gun when they tried to corral him as he left the store with the stolen items.
According to Walmart loss prevention officer Cole Russell, Watson was under observation as he filled his buggie with things like women’s camo pants, a boy’s camo jacket, camo gloves, and a Duck Dynasty jacket.
“He then went to the men’s clothing department and began taking the clothes out of the buggie and stuffing them into his jacket,” Russell said in his warrants against Watson.
Russell said he told the suspect he needed to come back into the store as he tried to leave. When he grabbed the suspect’s jacket, Watson allegedly told him he had a gun.
“I unzipped the jacket and all the merchandise fell out,” said Russell, noting Watson spun out of his jacket in an attempt to get away.
The suspect also took a swing at the employee. Russell was able to side-step the blow.
Watson then ran away and got into his truck and drove off. He was picked up by police a short time later. The cost of the items he was trying to steal was a combined $120. It is unknown if Watson actually had a gun as he claimed. Regardless, using the threat of lethal violence earned him the felony count of aggravated assault.
He could face three to six years in prison if convicted on the felony count.