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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Benjamin Brewster Hodges
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man will serve six years of a 10-year sentence after being found guilty of shoplifting from a local department store.
Benjamin Brewster Hodges, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the theft, but four years of the sentence were suspended by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II.
According to court records, the theft of the merchandise occurred on Dec. 16, 2012.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick Nix said Hodges was spotted by a security officer pushing a shopping cart out to the parking lot without paying for the items inside the cart.
When the security officer approached him, Hodges shoved the shopping cart toward the security officer and ran, Nix said.
Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office used a tracking canine to locate Hodges, who was found in a nearby wooded area, Nix said.
The items stolen by Hodges were valued at $366.15.
In addition to the six-year prison sentence, Hodges will be on probation for four years after his release, and he was ordered to be of good behavior for 12 years.
No restitution was required because all of the stolen items were recovered, Nix said.
Hodges' criminal record includes a felony conviction in 2001 for carnal knowledge of a child.