Theft of cigars leads to arrest

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested on a warrant on a charge of theft Thursday.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested 29-year-old Lance Grimes.

Lance Grimes

According to a probable cause affidavit, on July 10th, Bedford police officers responded at 8:25 p.m. to the 2610 block of 16th Street after an employee reported a theft. 

The employee told police this was not the first time Grimes had stolen from Smoker Friendly.

 Officers located Grimes’ vehicle in the Bath & Body Works parking lot. Officers served Grimes with a no-trespass order preventing him from returning to Smoker Friendly.

On July 11, the manager from Smoker Friendly contacted police saying Grimes had stolen cigars from the store on two separate occasions. 

Grimes was captured on video surveillance stealing the cigars on June 29, and July 4.

Police spoke to Grimes on July 14th and he denied stealing the cigars. He told police he has spent hundreds of dollars in the store and had no need to steal anything. He told police he was just pulling up his pants in the video and placed the cigars back in the humidor.

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest.