MOULTRIE -- A suspected shoplifter fled Wal-Mart but was later found by Moultrie police.

However, the charges Phillip Nagle faces don't currently include theft.

Nagle, 27, of 3422 Old Albany Road in Doerun, was charged with reckless driving, collision with a fixed object and an open container violation.

Police said a witness told them a white male he set off the store's control alarm at Wal-Mart's door at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday. He ran from the store and got into a Lincoln Town Car to flee from the scene, the witness said.

As the car was pulling out of the parking lot, the witness said it backed into the buggy return. The vehicle's right rear taillight was broken, and the car left the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

No one at Wal-Mart was able to get the Lincoln's tag number, but reports said an officer initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle on Third Street Southwest. Nagle was driving, police said. A description of the suspected thief, given by a witness, matched Nagle's description, including the clothing he was wearing at the time.

Another officer who responded to Wal-Mart found the broken taillight pieces and matched them to Nagle's Lincoln, police reports said. A suspension bushing was also found near the buggy return, and Nagle's vehicle was missing one on its front end, police said.

Reports said officers attempted to get more information from store employees, but the store's assistant manager refused. She stated it was against company policy to provide information until the store's loss prevention person had been notified. All that she could do at the time was check the store's security tapes to see if Nagle had stolen anything.

Nagle was brought to Wal-Mart from the traffic stop, and reports said he was positively identified by a witness. Nagle was then taken to the Colquitt County Jail and booked on the charges.

The open container violation charge was filed against Nagle after an open beer can was found inside the Lincoln, reports said.


Scott Evans Johnson, 29, of 7002 Old Adel Road, was charged Monday with obstruction.

Chastity Renee Truelove, 24, of 217 Fourth Ave. S.E., was charged Monday with criminal interference with government property, battery and obstruction.

Cecia Dianne Hunt, 30, of 2029 Third St. S.E., was charged Monday with disorderly conduct (family violence).

Charles Toma Hunt Jr., 30, of 2029 Third St. S.E., was charged Monday with disorderly conduct (family violence).

Fernando Rivera Ortiz, 27, of 821 Circle Road, was charged Monday with DUI, driving without a license, driving on the wrong side of a roadway, unlawful use of a license plate and driving with an expired tag.

Other incidents

Melissa Howard of Second Avenue Southeast reported an unknown person moved items around her residence and stole three pairs of her panties between Saturday and 8:37 p.m. Monday. The value of the stolen panties was approximately $36.

Ora Silas reported an unknown person stole a boy's Roadmaster bicycle from a residence on Lane Street Southeast Monday. The value of the stolen bicycle was $100.

Jerry Frazier Jr. reported an unknown person stole a factory AM/FM stereo from a Ford F-150, a Pioneer CD player from a Chevrolet C-10 pickup and a DVD player from a Chevrolet Suburban that were parked at Automax, Inc., on Georgia Highway 133 South Monday. The total value of the stolen items was about $375.

Faith Shope'weitzel of Fourth Avenue Northeast reported an unknown person stole her purse, containing three Social Security cards, a check cashing card, a Medicaid card, a food stamps card and 20 checks, between 7 a.m. Oct. 1 and 2:08 p.m. Monday. The value of the stolen purse was $15, but the value of the stolen contents was unknown at the time of report. No money had been taken off of the stolen cards, but a check for $372 had been cashed by the unknown person at Wal-Mart.

Scotty Williams of Fourth Street Northwest reported a male acquaintance punched him then stabbed him in the hand with a knife between 8 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. Monday. Williams was stabbed by the acquaintance as he tried to defend himself, he said.

Patricia Gray of McQueen Road reported an unknown person stole her son's Remington 1100 12-gauge shotgun from under his bed between noon Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. Saturday. The value of the stolen shotgun was $550.

Jack Sutton of Georgia Highway 319 North reported an unknown person stole a 12-gauge shotgun and a 20-gauge shotgun from a gun closet between 10:45 a.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Monday. The total value of the stolen guns was $310. Sutton stated the unknown person was able to enter his residence by using a hidden key but only stole two of five guns he had in the gun locker. Only one of the other three guns had a serial number -- and it was not valid -- so the sheriff's office collected the remaining guns from him.

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