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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:30 am

A 46-year-old man caught allegedly shoplifting a Beatles album from a local Walmart is facing felony drug charges after Killeen police allegedly found suspected methamphetamine in his sock at Killeen City Jail.

Police charged Thomas David Cole with possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, theft of property and misdemeanor fraud in connection with shoplifting Monday at Walmart in the 1400 block of Lowes Boulevard.

Walmart security apprehended Cole and a female accomplice outside the store after watching them remove price tags from various pieces of jewelry and a Beatles CD, according to an arrest affidavit.

They concealed the items in their clothes and in the female’s purse and exited the store without paying, the affidavit stated.

Security called Killeen police, who detained the couple.

At the jail, an officer found 0.5 grams of a white rocklike substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Cole on Wednesday, setting his bail at $25,000.

Cole and his alleged accomplice both remained in Bell County Jail on Wednesday night.

In an unrelated case, Potvin arraigned Amia Myatta Hodges, 27, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram. Hodges’ bail was set at $20,000.

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