POTTSTOWN PA – A 53-year-old man who hoped to cut-and-run last Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2013) at 4:10 p.m. from allegations that he had stolen items in a Lower Pottsgrove supermarket learned his feet just weren’t that fast.
Township police arrested Harold G. McCree III of Pottstown on a charge of felony retail theft after he was confronted by store security employees at the exit doors of Redner’s Warehouse Market in the North End Shopping Center on North Charlotte Street. Sgt. Timothy Walters reported McCree was already on probation for two earlier retail theft arrests, and so also had a detainer lodged against him by the Montgomery County Adult Probation Department.
Members of the security detail told Walters they had witnessed McCree allegedly conceal frozen food items and packages of drink mixes under his coat and sweatshirt, and attempt to leave the store without paying for them. When they stopped McCree at the exit, and advised he would be detained and why, Walters reported “McCree tried to dump the items from under his coat and leave the store.”
He didn’t get far. “McCree was escorted back into the offices, where he subsequently admitted to his theft,” according to the sergeant.
McCree was transported to the Pottstown Police Department for processing, was arraigned by a magisterial district justice-on-call, and was committed to the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled before Justice Edward Kropp Sr. in Sanatoga at a later date.