August 9, 2013

Walmart theft arrest results in grand larceny charge

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — A short car chase ended with the arrest of a man accused of stealing $1,260.72 of property from Walmart Thursday morning in Chickasha.

Chickasha Police Officer Ryan Rahlf said he responded to a call in reference of a man fleeing Walmart with computers and other merchandise.

Chief Eddie Adamson was on the scene when the call came in and advised Rahlf that he was in pursuit of a silver colored Nissan.

"Chief Adamson said the driver of the Nissan ran through a red light that was located at U.S. Highway 81 and U.S. Highway 19," Rahlf wrote in a report. "Due to the time of the day, there were numerous vehicles on the roadway."

Although the suspect ran a red light, Adamson said he was not speeding in an excess, or causing any other dangerous actions.  

The vehicle stooped just north of U.S. Highway 277, where the male driver was taken into custody and identified as John Michael Woods.

A female passenger was in the car as well, but the investigation determined she was not part of the theft and was asleep when the chase began.

Rahlf said he located the stolen property in the backseat of the car.

"I saw a white clothes hamper basket with two notebook style computers that were still in the box and had security wire devices still attached," Rahlf wrote. "The devices are removed when they are purchased from the stores. There were also several clothing, food, tools and cologne type items in the backseat and the basket."

Woods was taken to Grady County Jail and charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, eluding an officer and driving under suspension.

The woman, Shelby Ann Fox, was taken into custody upon discovery of an outstanding warrant in Canadian County.