In Georgia, Republican Lawmaker Arrested For Shoplifting

Georgia Forestry Commission


The official admitted to swapping price tags to pay less for a saw and told police he does it for the thrill.

Charles “Chuck” Williams, the head of the Georgia Forestry Commission, resigned his post after he was caught stealing from a local hardware store, according to the New York Post.

Charles “Chuck” Williams, 64, was arrested on Aug. 13 for misdemeanor shoplifting at an Ace Hardware store in Gray, where a surveillance camera caught him a day earlier switching the bar code from a $55.99 saw onto a Silky Sugoi saw worth $109.99, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Williams, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives who earned a $165,000 salary as the agency’s director, then paid for the cheaper saw using his credit card while wearing his forestry commission uniform, a cashier told police.

Police said Williams later admitted to swapping the price tags, also admitting that “he had done such things in the past and does it for the thrill.”

Williams then sent a resignation letter to Gov. Brian Kemp and the agency’s chairman one day after his arrest, saying it was with “great sadness” that he was stepping down immediately.

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