The never ending saga of the stolen Zippo lighter continues. When WDAM aired the story on Monday, they stated that none of the employees at the Shell gas station wanted to talk on camera. Well, their silence was broken after I posted a response saying the manager at the Shell station, Tommie Mosley, and the Lumberton Police Department dropped the ball in this matter. Apparently, Shell employees, Leslie and Briana, were not at work when WDAM arrived because they had a lot to say on social media about what I posted. Let me refresh your memory regarding Jay McGraw's shoplifting escapade. When I found out about the shoplifting incident, it was two days after it happened. When the matter was covered by WDAM, it was five days later and Jay McGraw had already paid restitution and agreed not to return to the store. Now, with my suspicious mind, that seems like a cover up and everyone involved, including the Shell station manager, was part of the attempted cover up.

When WDAM aired the story, one of tbe first things said by Chief Cowart was "because it was an alderman we took the initial complaint, did a report and we referred it to Lamar County." To me, that sounds like Jay McGraw was given preferential treatment because he's an alderman. So, either the Lumberton Police Chief instructed the responding officer to let McGraw walk or the manager at the Shell Station was hesitant to pursue charges because Jay is an alderman. Either way, the ball was dropped. Based on the things posted by Leslie, cashier at Shell, Jay McGraw was a trusted fixture at the Shell Station. Leslie even stated that they trusted Jay enough to leave him inside the store alone whenever they had to go change out a propane tank because saying they left him in the store while they took a cigarette break wouldn't sound professional.

At this point, one employee, Leslie, is saying the matter is still being investigated while another employee, Briana, is saying the manager's hands are tied because the bosses won't allow charges to be filed. So we have two different employees giving two different stories. You can view my interaction with them on the Lumberton Informer Facebook page. According to Leslie, the cost of prosecuting Jay McGraw for shoplifting would be too costly for the taxpayers of Lumberton since his punishment would be nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Well, that would be up to the judge. The reason this shoplifting case is so problematic for me and many other residents of Lumberton, despite Leslie's claim that the Shell Station does not prosecute shoplifters so there's no bias or special treatment, is the fact that Jay McGraw was not processed for a crime he committed. Therefore, misdemeanor or not, there's no repercussions and without getting charged with shoplifting, we the citizens can not compel the Ethics Commission to revoke his bond because he was never charged with a crime. Jay said he was embarrassed but he don't know what embarrassment is until he's handcuffed, taken to jail, finger printed, given an inmate number and mug shot, put in a holding cell, forced to wear that orange jumpsuit, then have a bond set and stand before a judge and enter a plea. People that commit a crime do not get to choose their punishment. By refusing to demand justice, the manager of the Shell Station is telling everyone they can steal and come back and negotiate their punishment. But wait, they wouldn't be given that opportunity because they're not an elected official. Wait, Leslie did try to equate Jay McGraw's egregious act with that of a little girl stealing a chocolate candy bar. If I have to describe the grand difference between a child stealing a candy bar and a twice elected senior citizen consciously stealing a Zippo lighter then Leslie is more obtuse than I could ever imagine.

There are people saying it's just a lighter. It's more than that; it's a mindset. There has to be something in you to compel you to steal. He wasn't stealing out of necessity because he just won a $1,000 from the store he was robbing. Maybe it was a side effect of his concussion or maybe he was under the influence of that mysterious mojo in his cup. Only Jay McGraw knows the truth and only Jay McGraw knows if this is habitual. My thing is this, if you steal, you will lie and that's not a person that should be making decisions for a city. Just four years ago, Mayor Miriam Holder was arrested solely on the word of Dennis Hobson who claimed she was obstructing justice. Here we are, four years later, and an alderman confesses during a news interview that he was guilty of shoplifting but no arrest has been made. And Leslie and Briana don't think the ball has been dropped. Seriously!?!


  1. You have to wonder just how much stolen merchandise this guy has in his house. I wonder how much of it is stolen from Shell! Which means we pay higher prices for everything else, because that's how businesses compensate when they are in the red. There's a simple solution, never shop in that store again, for anything, besides their pumps are always broken anyway! A problem easily solved.

    1. I usually just get gas from the Shell station but everytime you pay at the pump your card gets hacked but that could have been because of that other crew that worked there. I think yesterday was my last day buying gas there but I'm not surprised Tommie Mosley is letting the shoplifting incident get swept under the rug because I'm dealing ith her son's rants on Facebook. Looks like she's used to dropping the ball.

    2. I don't think that woman should be allowed to post anything about Shell, you should contact their regional or district manager and show them what she is saying, she is representing that business in such a manner, she should be fired on the spot! If I worked in a business and posted such things, I would expect to be fired.

    3. I've saved the comments from both of the Shell employees and I'm trying to get through to the regional manager. Now one of the workers is claiming I drove by her house threatening her family.

  2. Saturday, August 29 is National Shoplifting From Shell Day! Take whatever you like, after all, they're not going to do anything about it! Everything must go!

  3. This is not Jay McGraw's first time stealing. He's been helping Merlene rob the City of Lumberton for at least 3 years. Then he brings his homie Richard Rose in and they scan the city out of some money by making Jay the administrator for a grant. And don't forget about the time Jay and Mayor Ben Winston stole one of the police motorcycles and gave it to Richard Rose but they has to go and get it when the auditor found out they gave it away. So Jay has been a thief he's just not getting charged with the crimes he's committing.


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