Shoplifting Attempt With Empty Stroller at Best Buy Ends in Car Crash
A brazen shoplifting attempt at a Florida Best Buy ended in a car crash on Monday, Dec. 11, after a woman was caught on her way out of the store with a baby stroller filled with electronics.
Police say they arrested Donald Carter, Marcelous Thomas, and Sheeronnye Pendergrass on Monday after the trio led them on a wild chase that ended in a crash.
Surveillance video from the Best Buy shows Pendergrass and Thomas allegedly entering the store with a small stroller. The women are then seen taking electronics off a shelf and tossing them into a stroller.
“While in the store, both females began to select items and place them aside which were later loaded into the stroller and covered with a blanket,” Sgt. Mark Leone told Local 10.
The video from a different camera then shows Thomas come face to face with a Best Buy loss prevention employee, who opens the stroller and discovers the unpaid-for items. Thomas is then seen shoving past the employee and fleeing the store.
“While holiday shopping, they decided that they were exempt from paying for their items so they loaded them up in a baby stroller and walked out,” the Davie Police Department wrote on Facebook.
Police believe Carter was the women’s getaway driver.
“As they fled out of the parking lot, Davie police officers attempted to stop them,” the department wrote.
The trio then attempted to flee and crashed into several vehicles. In the process, Carter climbed into the back seat and Thomas took over for him at the wheel. Pendergrass exited the vehicle at some point and was caught by police.
“The way that they were driving through this parking lot seriously put a lot of people’s lives in jeopardy,” Leone told WSVN. “Trying to get away for, you know, a criminal act like this in the manner that they did — it’s unexplainable.”
Drivers of the car that the suspects crashed into began to move away in fear and Thomas and Carter fled the parking lot, police say.
A short police pursuit then ensued which ended after the attempted shoplifting suspects crashed into the entrance of a nearby neighborhood. Footage from the property’s camera shows two of the suspects climb out of the car and run away as smoke fills the cabin.
“They were walking around lost in the neighborhood,” Leone said.
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