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January 11, 2014

Shoplifter caught with more than bargains; drug charges filed

TIFTON —

A Tifton man was arrested Thursday afternoon for shoplifting at Walmart, which resulted in him trying to flee from police.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Joyce Clark reported that at 2:34 p.m., she was sent to Walmart on Highway 82 West in reference to shoplifting. While en route, dispatch said the white male offender, who was wearing a black jacket and black hat, was still inside the store and had concealed items underneath his jacket.

Clark said upon her arrival, a woman with loss prevention was exiting the grocery exit walking behind a white male fitting the description and pointing at him, saying, “This is him.”

Clark told the offender to stop, but he continued to walk toward a black SUV truck, yelling loudly for her to leave him alone. She told him to stop several more times, but he attempted to enter into his SUV, still yelling for her to get away from him. She advised for him to stop due to the fact that Walmart had him on video shoplifting.

The offender opened the driver side door, almost striking Clark. She again told him to stop, and at that time, she removed her pepper spray from her belt and sprayed the offender near his face. She said he put the vehicle in reverse with the door still open, almost striking her. He proceeded out of the parking area, attempting to head northward across the parking lot.

Clark told dispatch she would need other officers en route to assist her. Sgt. Dorminey McCrae arrived immediately. The offender proceeded to back up almost striking McCrae, she said.

McCrae went after the offender in his patrol car. He reported he pulled in front of the offender, blocking him in, and the offender put his vehicle in drive and came toward him, nearly striking the driver side of his patrol vehicle. The offender stopped approximately 1 foot away from McCrae’s vehicle and placed his vehicle in reverse, which McCrae also blocked. McCrae told Clark to draw her service weapon.

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