Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tennessee mayor arrested for allegedly shoplifting $300 worth of Target merchandise

 

A mayor in Tennessee has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting nearly $300 worth of items from a Target, reports have said.Fairview Mayor John Blade, who is also president of FirstBank in the city, was arrested in Maury County on charges of shoplifting.

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The mayor, who was elected in 2018, reportedly turned himself in last week in connection to the alleged theft on 19 September at a Target store at Crossings Boulevard in Spring Hill.

A report filed over the alleged incident said that the store loss prevention officer said Mr Blade did not scan nearly $300 worth of items on the self-checkout.

According to the police report, the 53-year-old used the self-checkout to scan some items but not others and left the store with the unpaid items.

He then allegedly returned to the store an hour later for a second time to repeat the same process, once again scanning some items and not others, .

In total, the report claimed that at least 44 items described as household goods were taken amounting to $281.59, the broadcaster said.

As mayor, Mr Blade facilitated the city board of commissioners meeting and was a member of the planning commission.

He reportedly resigned on Tuesday, effective immediately, and Vice Mayor Debbie Rainey will assume the mayor’s duties for the rest of the term.

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