Police make arrest in Tractor Supply Co. thefts

Published 3:10 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A 41-year-old Pine Apple man was arrested by officers with the Greenville Police Department Thursday for allegedly stealing nearly $2,400 in tools and clothing from Tractor Supply Co. in Greenville.

James R. Banks is being held in the Butler County Correctional Facility. Jail records show that he has been charged with burglary, third degree, criminal mischief, third degree, theft of property, third degree, and theft of property, second degree.

Authorities say the thefts occurred in August, but store managers didn’t learn of the missing items until employees completed inventory this month.

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Investigators used the store’s surveillance cameras to identify Banks.

“We were able to identify him in the video and also had a witness in the store at the time that identified him and matched him to the video,” said Lt. Justin Lovvorn.

According to Lovvorn, Banks and another man filled a shopping cart with tools and clothing. One kept a watch out for store employees while the other pushed the cart out of the store’s front door.

The nearly $2,400 in merchandise was stolen in four separate trips to the store.

Authorities are still searching for the second man. Lovvorn said investigators have also not ruled out the possibility that someone working for the store could have played a role in the thefts.

“We’ve had some information regarding that it could have been an inside job as far as getting assistance on the items leaving the store, but at this point we are not able to confirm that,” he said.