James Lester attempts to steal jeans at JCPenney

James Lester attempts to steal jeans at JCPenney

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50-year-old James Lester was caught with his friend, Lisa Gibson, at JCPenney in the late hours of Thursday night. The JCPenney Loss Prevention provided law enforcement with camera footage of Lester stuffing jeans inside his shirt and Gibson hiding a bundle of socks in her purse. Lt. Waldron arrived to see Gibson and Lester still walking around in the store and commanded that they stop. Seeing his imminent crisis, Lester ran around a corner to remove the jeans he stuffed in his pants before he attempted to flee. Lt. Waldron then tried to grab Lester to detain him, but Lester continued to resist before another officer arrived to help detain him, taking him to the ground. The pair was escorted to the office, where the socks inside Gibson’s purse were removed. A further search of her purse revealed a loaded Ruger SP101 Magnum for which she did not possess a license. Lester was taken into custody and charged with theft and resisting arrest.

James Nathan Lester III (MNPD)
James Nathan Lester III (MNPD)

James Nathan Lester of Edgecliff Drive in Pensacola, FL was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on December 7th, charged with theft. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $2,500, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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