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Cops: Habitual television thief bagged

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have arrested a Snellville man they believe made a habit of simply walking out of Walmart with stacks of flat-screen televisions.

Arrested Wednesday, Koso Lenga, 28, is charged with multiple counts of felony shoplifting spanning back to October. Warrants indicate Lenga stole at least 12 televisions, totalling thousands of dollars in losses.

Lenga allegedly hit the same Walmart at 6300 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville on three separate occasions -- Oct. 27, Dec. 23 and Jan. 15. The thefts occurred between 3 and 4:30 a.m., warrants show.

The stolen televisions ranged in size from 32 to 47 inches. Some had 3D capabilities.

According to a Lawrenceville police report from the first incident, a man fitting Lenga's description spoke to an employee in the electronics department about 3 a.m., loaded three TVs into a shopping cart, walked to the gardening section and fled through doors that sounded an alarm.

"He was then met by a small, dark-colored SUV or hatchback vehicle," a responding officer wrote. "The driver ... assisted the suspect in loading the televisions ... before leaving the store."

Employees responded within a couple minutes, but the suspects were gone, the report states.

Lenga remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. Records show he's also being held for agencies in DeKalb and Cobb counties.

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Tammy123 2 years, 2 months ago

Seems it would solve big problems of theft if people had to pay for electronics in the same department. They seldom let me out of the photo department without having to pay there, so why not have to pay for high dollar items in the department you want to buy them in? Walmart should use more caution and common sense when it comes to these types of transactions and they wouldn't have the high theft that they do. I can't imagine how this guy pulled that off as many times as he did.

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Kat 2 years, 2 months ago

You would think that he would have taken some of the ill gotten gains to get himself a decent hair style.

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