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1 charged with taking $1,000 in liquor from Kroger stores

– They would enter various Kroger stores together and quickly proceed to the liquor aisle.

Once there, the pair would dump six or seven bottles into their cart before heading to another part of the store.

Sometimes it’d be housewares. Other times it’d be the organic aisle.

Then they’d each exit through different ends of the store, past the checkout lanes with hands deep in their coat pockets.

An empty cart would be left somewhere behind.

Tuesday, Allen County prosecutors formally charged one of two, a man they said helped bilk Kroger out of roughly $1,000 worth of alcohol in the span of two days last month.

Cameron Shane Potter Jr., 35, of the 2700 block of West Washington Road, faces one felony count of corrupt business influence and four felony counts of theft.

Potter, also known as Eddie Potter Jr. and Cameron Burlage, was caught multiple times on surveillance video participating in the thefts, according to Allen County Superior Court documents.

Court records identify his accomplice – another man whose age was not given – but he has not been formally charged in the thefts.

Potter and his accomplice entered three Kroger multiple times during the theft spree, according to court documents.

The final time, Nov. 14, a loss prevention officer followed the pair and eventually called police.

An Allen County Sheriff’s officer was outside in the parking lot awaiting Potter, who had broken one of the bottles in his pocket, court documents said.

While being arrested, the alcohol leaked through his clothing, according to the documents.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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