A victim’s advocate with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office was arrested in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday after she was accused of trying to steal jewelry and a sweater from a department store at Coastal Grand Mall.
Fifty-eight-year-old Genetha Randall Jones of Loris, who is the wife of Horry County Police Deputy Chief Maurice Jones, was charged with a first offense of shoplifting. The police report said she had no record of past property crimes before her arrest.
A loss prevention officer at Belk told Myrtle Beach police that she watched Jones through the store’s surveillance system pick up an olive green sweater and some costume jewelry, the police report said. The store’s officer told police she then saw Jones conceal the sweater in a shopping bag and “walk past all points of sale.”
According to the report, Jones had four pieces of jewelry valued at $80 and a sweater priced at nearly $15 from the store in her possession when she was detained by a loss prevention officer.
Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokeswoman, said that no policies are in place that address the actions of spouses or family members of county government employees.