Detention officer arrested for taking customer's wallet

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a Charleston County detention officer for claiming a lost wallet that was not his at a Circle K on Johns Island.

The Charleston Police Department have charged Joseph Charles Ladson with larceny.

It all started on the night of Jan. 28 at the Circle K on 3603 Maybank Hwy.

According to investigators, the victim was at the store making a purchase and accidentally left his wallet on the counter. Another shopper noticed the wallet and alerted customers in the store that a lost wallet was found.

Detectives say Ladson then entered the store and took the wallet claiming it was his.  The suspect was identified by store personnel using the store's surveillance system.

Authorities say the suspect made no attempt to contact the victim or Circle K.

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