Late in February, Macedonia Police received a call from dispatch stating that a manager from Home Depot had observed a possible shoplifter. He stated that he observed a male attempt to walk out of the store with a drill. He stated that when the alarm went off the male turned around and got back into line. He then set the drill down and walked out of the store. The manager said the male got into a gold Chrysler minivan and drove over to Walmart and parked in a handicapped spot. Police arrived in the area and located the van.
The license plates on the vehicle indicated that it came back expired. As the officer watched the vehicle he observed a male come out of the garden doors. He was pushing a cart and almost running to the vehicle. He open the sliding door and was throwing the items from the cart into the van. He then ran to the driver’s side door and got in. He started the car and rapidly pulled away. The police officer followed him. He made two quick turns and pulled back into a parking spot. He then jumped out of the vehicle. The police approached him and explained that his plates were expired and asked if he paid for the items from Walmart. He stated that he did not pay for them. He was placed in handcuffs and detained for the theft offense. He was suspended with a warrant out of the Regional Emergency Dispatch for the theft. He was transported to the station for the theft offense and the multiple counts of driving under suspension. He was booked into the Macedonia jail and held on bond.
There was the passenger in the vehicle. She was later released with no charges. The vehicle searched and $204.80 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered from the vehicle. No other contraband was found.