Florence County deputy fired after stealing bullets from Walmart, police say

LAKE CITY, SC (WBTW) – A Florence County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been fired after being charged with shoplifting ammunition from the Lake City Walmart.

According to Major Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Bradley Van Bazen has been terminated from the department following his arrest December 31, 2015 for shoplifting at the Walmart, located at 900 U.S. Hwy 52, in Lake City.

A police report details how former deputy Bazen picked up three boxes of gun shells from the Walmart shelf, opened one box and stashed a handful of bullets from the box into his pocket. Bazen then walked down the pocketbook isle and put the box on the shelf and walked off.

After Bazen took the other two boxes of ammunition to the register to pay, he was confronted by the loss prevention employee at Walmart. The worker asked Bazen for the shells out of his pocket, to which the shoplifting suspect replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” the report states.

The loss prevention worker was able to collect a vehicle description and tag number from Bazen’s truck. Bazen was cited by the Lake City Police for shoplifting.

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