Armed shoplifting suspect impersonated Walmart employee

Jeff Bobo • Nov 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A shoplifting suspect who was wearing a Walmart hat, vest, and I.D. badge allegedly attempted to push two big screen TVs out the store’s front door Monday night, but was intercepted in the parking lot by two Rogersville Police officers.

When police searched Shon Dale Tilson, 37, 226 S. Hillcrest Street, Rogersville, they found a loaded 9 mm KelTec semiautomatic handgun in his waistband.

Shortly after 8 p.m., Walmart loss prevention officer Mike Miskus notified the Rogersville Police Department he had observed Tilson, who had been previously banned from the property, inside the store.

Detective Charlie Gibson said Miskus reported observing Tilson remove anti-theft devices from two large TVs.

“(Miskus) believed (Tilson) was going to attempt a ‘push-out,’ ” Gibson said. “As the officers stood by in the parking lot, Miskus watched the suspect via live surveillance video. Miskus briefly lost sight of (Tilson) from camera view.”

Gibson added, “When Tilson re-entered view, he had put on a Walmart hat, vest, and identification badge.”

Tilson allegedly passed all points of paying and left the building pushing the two TVs in a cart.

RPD officers Chris Funk and Chris Price stopped Tilson in the store parking lot.

“After being told to keep his hands up, officers had a brief struggle with Tilson who was trying to lower his right arm,” Gibson said.

Gibson said the gun was recovered from Tilson’s right-side waistband.

Tilson was charged with theft, criminal trespassing, criminal impersonation, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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