Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

Man proposes in store; gets accused of shop-lifting

Engaged Police arrested 25-year-old William J. Cornelius Jr December 30 for shoplifting after employees at the Spencer's Gifts store inside the Bay City mall spotted him stealing Police: Suspected shoplifter injured, shot himself in store
Dana Christensen | 08 January, 2016, 16:48

Handout Twenty-five-year-old William Cornelius Jr. was arrested for allegedly shoplifting sex toys from a Spencer's in Bay City, Michigan, after proposing to his girlfriend on New Year's Eve. She denied stealing the jewelry, and initially told police she wasn't going to snitch on Cornelius, but then apparently changed her mind and said he had stolen the earrings and necklace.

The groom-to-be was busted after he fell asleep tying his shoe in the mall's food court.

Cornelius' fiancée was arrested nearby while "walking between Bob Evans and Taco Bell", MLive says, and was in possession of stolen Walmart earrings and a necklace that a surveillance video appears to show her putting in her purse.

Sheri Moore his new fiancee was also with him when he stole several items including an edible thong from the store. Prior to the theft Cornelius had just proposed to her inside of a local Walmart

Before popping the question, Cornelius purchased a $29.62 engagement ring at the nearby Walmart and then asked a store employee if he could use the intercom system to ask his Moore to marry him, cops said. Court records show the items included an edible thong and sex toy. Police say surveillance footage from the store captured the event, which shows the couple surrounded by a group of applauding shoppers. Cornelius-who had dropped to one knee-and Moore, police report, can be seen hugging and kissing following the proposal. You know what they say, third-degree retail fraud may be punishable by up to 93 days in jail, but love lasts forever.

Both him and Moore were released on bond this week and are due back in court at the end of the month. Moore posted bond before she could be arraigned on any charges, including larceny. His pretrial hearing is set for January 29.