Shoplifter arrested in Grambling

Grambling Police arrested a Ruston man Tuesday after he attempted to leave a store with a shopping cart full of laundry detergent.

About noon Tuesday, a GPD officer on patrol saw Gussie Edwards Johnson, 67, leaving the Spring Market at Legends Square in Grambling with the cart full of detergent valued at just under $200. Johnson looked away and tried to walk back into the store. When the officer approached, Johnson gave a false name and said he was checking to see who the buggy belonged to. 

Johnson was arrested for theft and resisting an officer by failure to identify and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Johnson was also booked on GPD warrants for two counts of theft over $200 and one count of theft under $100.

Later in the day, Ruston Police booked Johnson on warrants for failure to appear in Ruston City Court for criminal trespass and theft less than $1000. He was also charged with a warrant from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for three counts of attempted burglary.

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