FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Florence County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged and fired for allegedly shoplifting shotgun shells from a Walmart in Lake City, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
The deputy was identified in the Lake City Police report as Bradley Bazen and charged with shoplifting. The report states that at about 2:50 p.m. on December 31, a loss prevention officer at the store saw Bazen walking through the store with three boxes of ammunition, one of which appeared to be open. The officer then saw Bazen grab a handful of shotgun shells out of the open box and put them in his pocket before putting the box on a shelf and walking off.
Bazen then went to the register and paid for two boxes of shells, the report states. The loss prevention officer confronted Bazen and asked for the shells back, but Bazen said "I don't know what you're talking about," walked to his vehicle at a fast pace, and drove off.
A police officer was shown the surveillance video, and Bazen was charged with shoplifting, according to the report.
Major Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Bazen was terminated after being charged.