James Lawlor stole $342 in cat food from Walmart in Clearwater

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Pinellas County, Florida -- A man stole a large amount of cat food from Walmart that he said he planned to sell to his friend with 300 cats.

Officers responded to the Walmart on Us Highway 19 North in Clearwater to investigate a shoplifting case involving cat food. Loss prevention staff had detained James Lawlor for loading up a shopping cart full of cat food and then walking to his car without paying. 

Lawlor explained to officers that he had done this in the past and that he steals the cat food to sell in what he calls "hustling." Lawlor also said he has a friend with 300 cats and he sells the food to him and others.

Lawlor was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County jail charged with one count of Grand Theft.

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