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Shoplifting arrest turns police chase

January 31, 2014

DTL staff

West Point Police Department officers got more than they bargained for when a routine shoplifting call turned into a pursuit Wednesday.
According to a WPPD incident report, officers were dispatched to the West Point Walmart in response to an alleged shoplifting. Upon arrival, Walmart employees told police an unknown woman filled a shopping cart with merchandise and then exited the store without paying for it. Employees reportedly told officers the alleged shoplifter got into a green Honda.
Officers spanned the parking lot and located a 1994 green Honda Accord matching employees’ description; however, as officers approached the vehicle to question the suspect, the driver started the car and “sped out of the parking lot,” according to the report.
Police pursued the suspect northbound along Highway 45 through the intersection of Highway 50, where the suspect’s vehicle jumped the curb and came to rest in the China Buffett parking lot.
Officers apprehended Keosha Cunningham, 20, of Columbus, as she attempted to flee the scene on foot.

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