Shoplifter said he steals" for something to do "

Akron Oh. Oct. 23, 2007

Loss prevention officers at an area mall said that they have heard many reasons why a shoplifter says that they shoplift but recently an apprehended suspect gave them a new reason. One that was as funny as it was dumb. It seems that the suspect who was later identified as

Johnny Otis Brown, 55, of Barberton, was charged Oct. 10 with theft. He is accused of taking a $60 earring from Macy's in Summit Mall . When loss prevention agents attempted to detain Brown he immediately resisted an a struggle ensued but he was finally taken into custody and admitted that he had taken some jewelry. Police said Brown told them he took the earring because it ''gave him something to do.''

Police and loss prevention personnel are investigating how many other times Brown might have been looking for something to do as they determine what else he has shoplifted from area retailers.

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