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Jerry G. Griffis

A three-time petty thief will spend another three days in jail, then head back out on the streets.

Chronic criminal Jerry Griffis, 45, of North Platte was sentenced Thursday to seven days in jail after he tried to shoplift from Wal-Mart on Easter morning.

Griffis had already served four days of the sentence.

Giffis was originally charged with third offense shoplifting, which is an automatic felony, but he took advantage of a plea deal from the Lincoln County Attorney and pled guilty to second offense shoplifting, a misdemeanor.

Griffis tried to steal the goods after he found a discarded Wal-Mart bag with a receipt in it, prosecutors said.

Griffis took the bag into Wal-Mart on Easter, went to the shelves and put the listed items in the bag, then tried to walk out to door. His plan was foiled because an employee saw him putting things in the bag and then saw him head for the door, Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan told the court.

A Wal-Mart investigator was not impressed with the receipt.

Not only do Wal-Mart receipts state the time and date of purchase, but the receipts contain codes that identify the store, cashier, terminal or aisle number, plus a transaction number, according to the website, www.eHow.com.

Other codes on the receipt indicate the method of payment. The last four digits are recorded if a debit or credit card is used.

An assistant manager at Wal-Mart declined to discuss the process because the case is under investigation, although the investigation is over and the sentence handed down.

Griffis has been jailed nine times during the last nine years. His longest sentence was 30 days. Seven of his sentences were for six days or less.

He spent six days in the clinker last June after he was found to have money and a camera that turned up missing from a woman’s purse in Cody Park.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/4/2013
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