A late-night trip to the Denver Walmart Sunday landed two men behind bars.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the store at about 3 a.m. after employees reported a suspicious person who they suspected of stealing merchandise.
In the parking lot, deputies stopped a white sedan occupied by two men believed to have been involved, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
As officers removed passenger Brian Christopher Jamieson, 37, of Southport, from the car, a pair of wire cutters fell the ground, according to the release. When the driver, Griffin Landret Morris, 30, of Fort Mill, S.C., was removed from the vehicle, deputies reportedly spotted a set of brass knuckles that were partially hidden in a door pocket. They also found a packet of crystal meth in Morris’ pocket, according to the release.
Deputies were notified that Morris had two outstanding warrants in Mecklenburg County and York, S.C.
A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up a fish finder and fishing reel in a container in the trunk. The items, valued at $422, were identified as stolen from Walmart. Also in the container was a black box holding “visibly counterfeit” money.
More fake bills were found in both men’s wallets. Deputies seized 13 fake $50 bills and five counterfeit $20 bills, according to the sheriff’s office.
Jamieson was charged with two counts of conspiracy; and one count each of counterfeiting, removing or tampering with product device; misdemeanor larceny; and possession of stolen goods. He was held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.
Morris is charged with possession of five or more counterfeit instruments, possession of a controlled Schedule II substance, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, failure to appear, forgery of bank notes and two counts of conspiracy. He was given a $473,500 secured bond on the new charges and was being held without bond on a fugitive from justice warrant from York, S.C., where he also faces counterfeiting charges.