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Accused Shoplifter Crosses Guard Line with Drugs, Oconee Detention Officer Says

The 19-year-old Athens man faces multiple charges. An arrest isn't a conviction.

As an Athens man was being booked into the Oconee County Jail on Friday, Sept. 20, a detention officer says pills were found in his possession.

Deputies were dispatched to Walmart around 5:30 p.m. where a loss prevention officer was in the parking lot pointing to and trying to stop a vehicle.  One of the deputies motioned for the driver to pull into a parking space, which she did.

The loss prevention officer told deputies he'd witnessed the woman and her  passenger enter the store, select a sheet set from the bedding section,  and return it to the service desk for a refund. 

The deputy asked the driver, Tambreia N. Dillard, 18, of Athens if she'd brought the sheet set into store with her and she said "no," according to the incident report.

"Ms. Dillard then stated she made the fraudulent return because she needed gas money," the deputy wrote.

Dillard and the passenger, Kendall M. Malcom, 19, of Athens were handcuffed and transported to the Oconee County Jail on misdemeanor shoplifting charges.

At the jail, a detention officer reported finding a small, clear bag containing four blue pills and one broken, white pill inside Malcom's cargo pants.  The pills were identified as hydrocodone and morphine sulfate, according to the report.  Malcom was subsequently charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and crossing the guard line with drugs. 

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