A Largo man was arrested on a shoplifting charge recently after he tried to steal items he said were for his son's birthday, police said.
Johnny Allen Deem's act on behalf of his son came with a steep price — the arrest resulted in officials violating his parole on an out-of-state murder charge. Deem, 33, was arrested in connection with the Saturday theft at Walmart, 2677 Roosevelt Blvd.
Largo police said Deem came to the store and bought several items for $137. He returned empty-handed to the store hours later and loaded a shopping cart with duplicate items he had purchased earlier. He then tried to get a refund.
Records show Deem, whose most recent address was in Largo, was sentenced in 1999 to 28 years in prison in Illinois on a first-degree murder charge. He was later released on parole.
His parole was scheduled to end in June 2015.