A 31-year-old Houston man was sentenced this week to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to organized retail theft.
Jermaine Ray Lang pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony charge for his role in stealing more than $6,000 worth of electronics and sporting goods from Wal-Mart in Bryan in March 2013.
Lang and another man were able to get away with 21 tablet computers they carried out in a stolen cooler, along with a fishing rod, according to police reports.
He was arrested a few days later after he and another man returned to the Wal-Mart and were spotted by a loss-prevention officer who'd reviewed security footage of the earlier theft and recognized the pair, said Brazos County assistant District Attorney John Brick.
When questioned by police, Lang admitted to taking part in at least two other Wal-Mart thefts and currently has pending charges for the same crime in two other counties.
"This was not an isolated incident, but rather a sophisticated operation targeting Wal-Marts all over this area of Texas," Brick said. "The defendant is now paying the price for choosing to steal instead of making an honest living like the rest of the citizens in this community."
Lang's Houston-based attorney, Lori Mack, said she was pleased with how the case turned out and believes justice was served.
"He pleaded because it felt like it would be in his best interest," she said.