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Starkville police have charged a man with two counts of shoplifting in connection with the theft of boots and a coat from the Oktibbeha County Co-Op in two separate incidents last month.
Willie â€śPookieâ€ť Scott, 29, of 849 East Yorkville Road, Columbus, was arrested by Columbus police and transported to Starkville to face two shoplifting charges in connection with the Jan. 3 and Jan. 11 thefts from the Co-Op.
Scott was identified after a video footage of the Jan. 11 shoplifting incident was broadcast as a Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers spot during a local television newscast.
The broadcast resulted in a tip that identified Scott as the suspect, and he was arrested Wednesday after Starkville police obtained a warrant and transmitted to Columbus authorities to arrest him, said SPD Officer Chad Williams, who responded to both shoplifting cases.
In the Jan. 3 incident, the suspect and an unspecified black woman entered the Co-Op store on Pollard Road during the afternoon hours and took a pair of Wellington Boots.
In the Jan. 11 incident, the suspect returned to the store alone and stole a pair of Georgia boots and a Carhartt coat. The incident was captured by security video cameras, and the owners identified the suspect as the same man in the Jan. 3 shoplifting, Williams said.
After the video footage of the Jan. 11 incident aired on television, police â€śgot at tip within a weekâ€ť that helped them identify Scott as the suspect.
Scott was released on a $2,000 bond Wednesday afternoon.
The incidents remain under investigation, police said.