Man al­legedly shoplifts com­put­ers, flees into woods

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

A shoplifter was chased by Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cers into the woods be­hind Wal-Mart af­ter he al­legedly tried to steal two desk­top com­put­ers.

The black male, whose name is not cur­rently be­ing re­leased, had a desk­top com­puter and printer loaded into his SUV when he reen­tered the store for a sec­ond com­puter, said CP De­tec­tive D. J. Seals.

While try­ing to leave with the sec­ond com­puter, em­ploy­ees be­came aware of the sit­u­a­tion. A Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cer was in the park­ing lot help­ing a cus­tomer en­ter his locked car when the store re­ported the in­ci­dent. The of­fi­cer at­tempted to make con­tact with the sus­pect, but he fled be­hind the store and into the woods

Other of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing Seals, were in the area and be­gan to pa­trol the other side of the woods. The sus­pect emerged a few min­utes later, but back­tracked when he spot­ted the of­fi­cers, Seals said.

The man was pur­sued back into the woods where he was soon found stuck in some ex­tremely thick bri­ars. Seals and other of­fi­cers drew their sidearms and or­dered the man out of the bri­ars.

The sus­pect com­plained about chest pains and the EMS was called, but they deemed him fit to be trans­ferred to the New­ton County Den­ti­tion Cen­ter.

The sus­pect should be charged with felony shoplift­ing, Seals said.

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