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Alleged shoplifter caught with more than a pound of pot tells cops drugs were for paying rent

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 18:20:42-05

OREM, Utah — A man who allegedly shoplifted a pair of sweatpants in Orem was booked into the Utah County Jail, but not until after police located about a pound and a half of marijuana the suspect said he planned to sell in order to pay his rent.

According to the Orem Police Department, 18-year-old Denzel Christopher Jones was stopped by loss prevention officers Thursday after he stole sweat pants at a Macy’s store.

When police arrived, Jones broke free from loss prevention and tried to run but was apprehended by police. He was booked into the Utah County Jail around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Craig Martinez, a public information officer for Orem PD, said police searched Jones’ backpack and found about a pound and a half of marijuana, which Jones told police he planned to sell in order to pay rent.