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Report: Man shoplifting paper towels assaults deputy

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Gregory Grice was charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest and assault and battery in the first degree. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Dept.)) Gregory Grice was charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest and assault and battery in the first degree. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Dept.))
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg County deputy was assaulted after he stopped a man who was shoplifting paper towels, according to deputies.

Gregory Grice, 48, was arrested after he tried to walk out of the Ingles store on Warren H. Abernathy Highway with a pack of paper towels and then assaulted an officer, according to the deputy's report.

The officer noticed Grice walking toward the exit of the store with the paper towels where he was stopped by the officer who was standing nearby dealing with another investigation, deputies said.

Grice then smiled and said, "I was just kidding; I'll put them back," according to the report. He then shoved the paper towels at the officer and headed back into the store. The deputy told the man that he was under arrest and went to handcuff him, and a physical altercation ensued, according to the report.

The report said Grice struggled while being placed under arrest and a bottle of the alcoholic beverage MD2020 and a pack of razors fell out of his pocket.

Grice continued to struggle with the officer trying to reach for his pocket, where the deputy later found a pocket knife, according to the report.

Grice was charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest and assault and battery in the first degree.

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