Centralia man failed to return from furlough, arrested for theft at Schnucks

CLINTON COUNTY — A 42-year-old Centralia man who failed to turn himself in to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to begin serving a prison sentence was arrested Saturday for alleged theft from the Schnuck’s store in Centralia.

Muriel Givens is being held in the Clinton County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of theft, as well as on outstanding Clinton and Marion county warrants.

In February Givens pleaded guilty in Marion County court to a charge of felony retail theft for stealing a pack of cigarettes from the Casey’s General Store in Centralia in 2017.

Because of a prior theft conviction and other previous felony convictions, Givens was sentenced to 5-years in prison.

He was given credit for 150 days served in the Marion County Jail and was allowed a 3-day furlough to attend a funeral before having to turn himself in February 4 to start serving the prison sentence.

Givens reportedly failed to return from furlough on February 4 and has been wanted for what the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office said could be considered escape.

He was also wanted for failure to appear in February on a 2005 Clinton County felony retail theft conviction.