A loss prevention officer spotted Julius Craig Johnson, 43, shoplifting at the
Walmart in Victorville on March 2, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s
Investigators found three containers of body wash and three of deodorant in his
jacket pockets and Olay products underneath his pants. He was wearing two layers
of pants and tied the bottom pair at his ankles to hide the stolen items.
A jury convicted Johnson in June of second-degree commercial burglary and petty
theft with three priors. He had two strikes from felony convictions in
Sacramento — burglary in 1989 and robbery in 1990.
Judge Eric Nakata sentenced Johnson on Thursday morning.
Under California’s Three Strikes law, people convicted of any felony who have
been previously convicted of one or more violent or serious felonies can be
sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Johnson also has drug, grand theft, petty theft and burglary convictions.
According to his probation officer’s report, he had been employed by a Walmart
in Baldwin Hills until he left because of his drug use.