The urge to flee is a common response to a confrontation with police or security personnel, but the urge should be resisted because it usually greatly expands the number of criminal complaints available to police. Two people who are alleged to have stolen merchandise from a Wal-Mart Store attempted to elude police and now find themselves facing what police described as a “cornucopia of charges.”
The incident began at a Wal-Mart Store in Winter Haven, where a young man and young woman attempted to steal two electric scooters and two hover boards. According to police, when they were confronted by store security personnel, they abandoned the goods and left the store. The pair then drove to another Wal-Mart store in Winter Haven, where they are alleged to have taken two hover boards. The two apparently felt that the electronic anti-theft devices attached to the merchandise would prevent them from leaving the store. They are then alleged to looking for a backpack in which to conceal the goods. They were met at a store exit by the store’s loss prevention personnel and four managers. The female member of the pair ran to a car and drove to the exit to pick up the male.
By this time, police had been summoned, and a deputy said that he saw the pair’s vehicle on Cypress Gardens Boulevard. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the pair continued to flee. The deputy then used a police maneuver known as a precision immobilization technique to stop the car. Both suspects were then arrested and taken into custody.
The list of charges for the male suspect includes robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, grand theft, two counts of battery and contributing to delinquency of a minor. The woman has been charged with aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing police, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, conspiracy to commit robbery, petit theft and accessory after the fact. If convicted, both suspects face significant criminal penalties, including fines and incarceration. Anyone in a similar situation may wish to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney before entering a plea.