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Men accused of hiding stolen food under wheelchair seat

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An image of the alleged theft. (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Department) An image of the alleged theft. (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Department)
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Two Columbia men have been arrested after surveillance video caught them hiding stolen food under the seat of a wheelchair, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

"This is a first for us -- the wheelchair bandit," said Matthews. "This is a first."

Thirty-two-year-old Corey Prophet and 64-year-old Bobby Boykin are facing shoplifting charges after the two are accused of pulling off a heist of meat and fish from the Camden IGA on November 6.

Investigators say surveillance video shows Boykin in a wheelchair and Prophet pushing a grocery cart full of merchandise to a secluded area of the store.

Once stopped, Boykin gets out of the wheelchair while Prophet pushes the grocery cart over to Boykin, Matthews said. Boykin then places meat and fish from Prophet's cart under the wheelchair's seat, according to the sheriff. 

"It's funny when you see it, but it's not funny when you consider people stealing from the grocery stores makes the price go up for the folks who actually work for a living," said Matthews.

Prophet then moves the cart and abandons it while he walks out of the store with Boykin who was back in the wheelchair, investigators said. The store manager advised investigators that Boykin and Prophet left the store in an older model Chevrolet with rims.

On November 9, the two men were back in the IGA attempting to steal items again, Matthews said. When they saw that the manager was looking at them, they left the store, according to the sheriff.

A responding investigator spotted their vehicle and stopped it. The vehicle, according to Matthews, contained meat and fish which they had stolen from another store.

Both men were arrested for the shoplifting which had just occurred and warrants were obtained for the previous shoplifting.

Prophet has two previous convictions for shoplifting. Both were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

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