Paris man arrested for theft after being followed home by store employees

Paris police suburbanBrookshire’s Grocery employees called Paris police about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to report that a man left the store without paying for merchandise.

Meanwhile, they followed him out of the store and to the 500 block of West Provine Street, where police officers found him in possession of the stolen merchandise and took him into custody, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

The man, identified as Timothy Decarlos Sims, 39, was arrested on a theft charge that was enhanced to a felony when it was discovered he had three prior convictions for theft.

Garrett said Paris police responded Wednesday to 84 calls for service, resulting in seven arrests.

Shortly before midnight Wednesday, officers answered a call regarding a 56-year-old man’s complain that he was robbed at his residence in the 1300 block of Bonham Street.

The man said when answered a knock at his front door, two men — one described as in his mid-50s and the other in his mid-20s — shoved the door open, knocking him to the floor. They took his wallets and several items from his residence, he told officers.

The man declined to seek medical treatment, and the investigation continues, Garrett said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.