Moultrie Observer

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April 12, 2012

Shoplifter leaves purse as she flees from store

MOULTRIE — A shoplifter apparently made a crucial error on Monday -- leaving her identification when she bolted from the store after being confronted by an employee -- Moultrie Police Department reports said.

Security personnel at Walmart, 641 S. Veterans Parkway, reported seeing three women putting merchandise into shopping bags.

As one of the three tried to leave the store, police reports said, one of the employees asked her for a receipt for the bags of merchandise loaded in a shopping cart.

At that time the woman ran out of the store and left in a black car. The tag for the car was registered to a black Hyundai Accent in Sparks, police reports said.

Inside the abandoned shopping cart officials found a handbag containing the identification card of a different Sparks woman than the one to whom the car was registered. The store employee identified the woman pictured on the card as the person who ran from the store.

Shoplifting warrants will be taken for the woman, police reports said. The value of merchandise in the cart totaled $287.

Arrests

Moultrie Police Department

• Lazarus Christopher Mohammed Williams, 18, 611 Ninth St. N.W., was charged Wednesday with theft by receiving stolen property.

• Joyce Diane Garcia, 38, 44 Jelks St., Quitman, was charged Wednesday with trespassing.

Garcia was arrested on Walmart property, 641 S. Veterans Parkway, police reports said. She had been banned from the store property due to multiple shoplifting offenses, the reports said.

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office

• Christopher Jake McMurphy, 22, was charged Wednesday with sodomy, statutory rape and possession of marijuana.

• Brenda Nicole Trimble, 25, 335 Sumner Circle, was charged Thursday with driving while license withdrawn.

Thefts

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office

• Thomas Davis, 1400 block Perryman Road, reported Wednesday the theft of a bottle of prescription Diazapam from an unlocked truck.

Property damage

Moultrie Police Department

• An anonymous caller reported Wednesday that a semi truck knocked down a stop sign at the intersection of Veterans Parkway South and Park Avenue Southeast.

A school zone sign also was damaged. Officers were unable to locate the truck.

• Fiona Dawson, Moultrie, reported that a 2002 Chrysler Sebring parked in the 1600 block of Seventh Street Southeast was scratched.

Dawson told the officer that friends told her that someone who had been walking in the area had bragged about “keying” the car.

Other investigations:

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office

• Karen Sutton, 300 block Railroad Street, Berlin, reported Wednesday that her identification and Social Security information had been used to file a fraudulent income tax return in her name.

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