Ashley Fleming, Georgia woman arrested after stealing a Bible from Barnes & Noble
Police say a Georgia woman is facing charges after she attempted to steal a Bible from a bookstore, according the arrest documents.
Ashley Chacari Fleming left the Barnes & Noble store in Cobb County, Georgia without paying for the book, a Bible.
Fleming was arrested Friday afternoon at the Barnes & Noble near Cumberland Mall and charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, Cobb County jail records show.
“Said accused did exit the store with the merchandise, passing all pay counters,” Fleming’s arrest warrant states.
Fleming has been charged with theft by shoplifting, and her bond has been set at $1,000.
Many churches and other groups routinely distribute Bibles.
“We believe that God’s word should be given freely, and so if someone comes in to our campus and they don’t have God’s word, then we are very happy to give them a copy of God’s word,” said Roswell Street Baptist Church pastor Mark Scardino.
The pastor told Fox that his church gives away dozens of Bibles annually.
“It doesn’t matter what she stole. Stealing is stealing. I love Bible book stores but I don’t go in there, grab what I want and walk out expecting them not to prosecute me because they’re Christians. That’s just stupid. Especially when churches give Bibles away for free….any church,” a woman named Lisa wrote in response to the story as it well posted.