Man Arrested for Getting Too Friendly with Walmart Lingerie

October 5, 2015

The Williamsburg Police Department arrested a man for allegedly getting a little too friendly with some of a store’s lingerie.

Thursday morning, Officer Shawn Jackson with the Williamsburg Police Department responded to a call at the Wal-Mart in Williamsburg, where he arrested 23-year-old James W. Pennington.

According to Jackson, Pennington allegedly entered a fitting room at the store with three articles of women’s lingerie. Pennington then allegedly proceeded to masturbate with the lingerie, afterwards returning the items to the store clerk.

Jackson said Pennington told police he had been transferred from the London homeless shelter to the one in Williamsburg Wednesday evening and admitted to committing the act which took place in the fitting room. Pennington also told police he was a registered sex offender, but Jackson said he was unable to confirm this through the sex offender registry.

“He was cooperative and honest,” Jackson said.

Pennington was arrested without incident and was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Jackson said Pennington had an extensive criminal history, including a sexually-related offense.

Jackson said the lingerie items did have bodily fluids on them and had to be destroyed. In total, the items cost $26.12. Though he gave police a reason for his actions, Pennington did not make clear why he chose the Wal-Mart store.