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May 28, 2014

Shoplifting suspect captured after fleeing the scene at Wal-Mart

TIFTON — Several incidents were reported to local law enforcement, including a 18-year-old male who was arrested after shoplifting from Wal-Mart and then fleeing the scene.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, Officer Joyce Clark reported Friday that she was sent to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter that had previously been in loss prevention's custody but eluded them.

The offender was described as a black male wearing a yellow shirt and black shorts headed toward possibly Cato, which was checked with negative results. A Wal-Mart employee was attempting to follow the subject and said he had taken off his yellow shirt and was currently proceeding toward Murphy USA.

Clark said she witnessed the offender running across the parking lot and entering the property belonging to Nissan. He was told to stop but proceeded east, running near Highway 82. Other officers proceeded to the area and attempted to help locate the offender. It was indicated via radio traffic that the offender was running near the area of Burger King. He was located by Sgt. David Gay and was told to stop before running into traffic across Highway 82.

The offender ran across multiple lanes of heavy traffic before being stopped by Gay. Joshua Seyvon Pittman, 18, was arrested and charged with theft by shoplifting and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Clark reported that she returned to Wal-Mart to speak with a loss prevention employee. Pittman was viewed on video opening a Umarex semi-auto airsoft BB gun and placing the item down the front of his pants. He then tightened his belt to contain the item. Employees were able to get Pittman to the loss prevention office before he became very nervous and said he could not go to jail. Pittman exited the office and began to run. A Wal-Mart employee followed the offender in her personal vehicle until officers could reach the area.

Clark reported that upon running Pittman's personal identification via E-911, he came back wanted by Ashburn Police Department for failure to appear.

In another matter, a woman reported Monday that a black male hit another woman in the head with an empty 32 ounce Magnum beer bottle. The victim told police that she and the offender had gotten into a verbal argument while at the complainant's house, located in the 800 block of Armour Road.

She said she was tired of fussing, and when she said she was leaving, he threatened her and hit her in the head with a beer bottle while she was standing in the living room. The offender was no longer on scene when police arrived. The victim had a large knot above her left eye on her forehead. Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene to check on her, but she refused to go to the hospital to be further evaluated.

Also, Officer William Germaine reported Saturday that while on patrol in the area of South Park Avenue and West 13th Street, he heard loud music coming from a dark-colored Altima traveling south on Park Avenue.

He initiated a traffic stop at the light of 13th Street and South Central Avenue. As the driver pulled into the area of 13th Street, he bailed out on foot and fled north, then east through South Central Mobile Home Park. Germaine pursued the subject but later lost sight of him. He said while standing at the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle showed up and said it was her vehicle and her boyfriend was driving.

The woman walked Germaine to where they reside, South Central Mobile Home Park, and the offender was sitting on the couch still out of breath and breathing heavy. Germaine asked him why he ran and he said he was scared.

Tarrum Gerrom Adams, 31, was arrested and charged with a noise violation, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Also, Germaine noted Adams' name came back from dispatch wanted out of Worth County.

In other unrelated cases:

- A man reported at 3 a.m. Saturday that at least 10 black males robbed him of $1,205 in property in the area of Bermuda Street.

- A woman reported an armed robbery Friday night. She told deputies that the store located in the 2700 block of U.S. Highway 41 South was robbed by two males.

- A Lenox man reported May 22 that a black male sold him a vehicle that was reported stolen through the TPD. A detective was notified and came to take possession of the stolen vehicle to return to the owner.

- A woman who lives in the 180 block of South Church Street in Ty Ty reported May 22 that she returned home and discovered that her television had been taken.

- A woman reported Monday that while in the 1800 block of Westover Road, someone made forced entry to her vehicle and stole several items. Another woman also reported that someone entered her vehicle and stole several items while in the area.

- A woman reported Saturday night that while in the 3100 block of South Central Avenue, someone entered her vehicle and took some items.

- A woman reported May 20 that someone took a window air conditioning unit that was secured to the building at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on South Park Avenue.

- A man reported Saturday that he ordered a custom built trailer from a subject with Elite Trailers and was guaranteed a trailer for the amount of $5,827 to be delivered to him in Iowa that day. He said the subject failed to deliver the trailer and has become uncooperative.

- Officer Dawn Tillman reported Friday that she was sent to a residence on Emmett Drive in reference to possible drug use. Upon arrival, she knocked on the door and when a subject opened it, she immediately observed multiple open containers of alcohol beverages. She said no one in the room appeared to be over 21 years of age. She noticed nine male subjects in the apartment. A check of identification revealed that only one person in the apartment was over age 21. Another officer arrived on the scene and administered the Alco-Sensor test to the males.

Tillman reported that she noticed a couple of stems that she believed to be marijuana sitting in a coffee cup lid on a table in the living room. She also observed inside an open Pop-Tarts box a small, clear baggy with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. In the kitchen was a very large, red cooler full of unopened alcoholic beverages.

A male juvenile was detained after some other subjects at the residence admitted that the marijuana belonged to him. He was transported to the police department to wait for his parents. The report states that Taylor W. Woodall, 17, of Omega was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol. He registered 0.011 on the portable Alco-Sensor. Charles Lee Mashburn, 22, of Tifton was also arrested and charged with furnishing alcohol to persons under 21. The juvenile was released to his parents after the Department of Juvenile Justice could not be reached. Everyone else left the residence.

- A deputy recently reported that he was sent to a location on Highway 82 East in Brookfield in reference to a fight. While en route, dispatch said one of the subjects in the fight had pulled out a gun and shot at the other. The offender was located in the area a few minutes later. Pedro Alberto Conley, 26, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property and aggravated assault.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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