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Toilet paper case gets messy
Man faces felony after stuffing role of toilet paper down his pants, police say.

Date published: 7/12/2010


A Stafford County man used a roll of toilet paper to make a big mess for himself late Saturday, police said.

Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the 46-year-old man was arrested after he stuffed a $1.19 roll into his pants and walked out of the Bragg Hill 7–Eleven.

Sgt. Lloyd Holland, who was sitting outside the store when the man entered the store and when he left eventually arrested Troy Rogers for shoplifting.

The charge automatically became a felony because Rogers has numerous previous larceny convictions.

According to Bledsoe, Rogers entered the store on Fall Hill Avenue about 11:40 p.m. and purchased beer and a carton of eggs. He didn’t pay for the toilet paper, which was in the front of his pants.

The suspect spoke to Holland as he left the store and started to leave the area. The clerk came outside at that time and pointed out to Holland that the man had stuffed something into the front of his pants.

Police found the toilet paper and also learned that the suspect had about $30 in cash on him—enough to purchase another 24 rolls.

Instead, Rogers was charged with the felony and taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail, where he was placed under a $2,000 bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404