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Man fled on bike after make-up allegedly taken from Wal-Mart

Jason Michael Brown
Jason Michael Brown

Police said they caught up with a 32-year-old man who fled Wal-Mart after being confronted by a store employee who said the man hid cosmetics in a backpack and left without paying.

Jason Michael Brown, whose hometown was not listed in the report, was charged with shoplifting enhancement due to past criminal property crimes, authorities said.

Myrtle Beach police were called about 7:45 a.m. to the Wal-Mart on Seaboard Street where a 38-year-old female store employee reported the incident.

The employee said she saw Brown conceal eye make-up in the cosmetic aisle. She said Brown then headed to the checkout where he attempted to buy an orange, authorities said.

The employee said Brown took make-up from his pocket and put it in a blue, multi-pattern backpack and walked out without paying, police said.

The employee told police she confronted Brown about the make-up in his bag, and he agreed to go back into the store with her, but then left the area on a bike, according to a police report.

Police said they searched the area and caught up with Brown at an auto shop on Broadway Street.

Authorities said they found a blue multi-pattern backpack under a car at the shop. Police said Brown told them he gave most of the make-up back, but still had one item in the bag.

Authorities said they found one item in the backpack.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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