Armed kidnapper arrested at Roanoke mall http://www.privateofficer.com
Police in Roanoke have made an arrest in an incident that occurred Sunday at Valley Vie. Officers responded at 3 p.m. to the 4800 block of Valley View Boulevard.
The victim, a 16-year-old female, stated that she was in a dressing room in the mall when the suspect entered the dressing room and brandished a knife.
Arriving officers searched the area for the suspect and located Ryan Jason Sink of Roanoke. Sink was identified as the person who held the girl against her will and was arrested by police.
Sink has been charged with abduction, aggravated sexual assault, assault and battery, and impeding arrest.
California immigration sweep nets 1157 arrests http://www.privateofficer.com
The sweep targeted immigration violators including those who have ignored deportation orders or returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said it was the largest such action by fugitive enforcement teams in California since the squads were formed in 2003.
Kice said of the 1,157 immigrants arrested statewide, 595 had outstanding deportation orders and 346 had prior criminal convictions.
The raids, which ended Saturday, produced 436 arrests in the San Francisco area, 420 in the Los Angeles area and 301 in the San Diego area.In recent years, immigration officials have increased enforcement at factories, offices and homes.
Shoplifter charged with robbery http://www.privateofficer.com
A thirty six year old man has been charged with robbery after he scuffled with security officers while leaving an arear store with stolen goods.
Police responded to the Giant food market in the 600 block of E. 33rd St. about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when officers say that the suspect was stopped by security officer Gary Highsmith.
During the struggle the man fled and was stopped again nearby in the 3200 block of Old York Road, and according to police, the man then tried to stab Highsmith with a sharp object, but was restrained by the security officer.
Police arrived and found in the man’s clothing assorted seafood valued at $146.
Officer Jean P. Nolet charged Johnny Hood, of the 400 block of E. Federal St. Baltimore with robbery and assault and transported him to the city jail pending a bond release.
Children found dead in freezer, caregiver under investigation http://www.privateofficer.com
Washington DC Sept 30 2008
Phillip Garrett was passing time outside a neighbor’s Calvert County home, smoking a cigarette, when he noticed a girl in pigtails wandering on the street. Her pink nightgown was caked with mud, her small body covered in bruises
Where’s your mother?” he asked. “Where are you from?”
The girl said her mother had locked her out of their home, Garrett said yesterday, recalling Friday afternoon’s encounter. She said she hadn’t eaten in three days. And there was more: “She let us know that she had two sisters and that ‘my mother beat them to death.’ “
Early Saturday, Calvert authorities made a gruesome discovery: the bodies of two children encased in ice in a freezer in the home of Renee D. Bowman, 43. Bowman has been receiving a monthly government subsidy of $2,400 to care for her three adopted children: the 7-year-old girl on the street and two others who are now officially missing.
“You think you’ve seen it all,” Sheriff Mike Evans said yesterday in announcing the discovery, “but you haven’t.”
With Bowman in jail, charged with child abuse, and investigators working to piece together what happened, the case again shined a spotlight on the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, which recommended Bowman to a D.C. Superior Court judge as a suitable adoptive parent in 2001 and 2004. The girls had been wards of the D.C. government
The child welfare agency came under fire in January after social workers failed to investigate reports of alleged child neglect by Banita Jacks, a Southeast Washington woman now charged with killing her four daughters in their home.
Yesterday, myriad questions about Bowman’s adoptions went unanswered as city and court officials in the District, citing confidentiality laws, declined to reveal details of a background check of Bowman that was performed by a private contractor. They said they were unaware of her 1999 misdemeanor conviction in the District for threatening to hurt someone.
“It would be too premature, too irresponsible, to say someone along the chain messed up,” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said at a news conference. He called the case “harrowing” and “a blow to everyone’s heart and psyche that we could lose two more young people.”
Not until today, after the ice has thawed, will authorities be able to conduct autopsies and formally identify the victims.
The missing children would be 9 and 11, officials said. They said the 7-year-old girl is a biological sister of the 9-year-old. All three were foster children of Bowman’s before she adopted the oldest child in 2001 and the other two in 2004, officials said.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that Bowman told investigators the remains in the freezer were those of her older two adopted daughters. She told them she wrapped one of the children in a plastic garbage bag and the other in a rug, officials said. She said the remains had been in the freezer since February, when she moved to Lusby from Rockville, the sheriff’s office said.
Six men carried the freezer out of the house, and it was transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore.
Many neighbors near Bowman’s beige ranch-style home in Lusby and at her former residence in Rockville said they had never seen children at her home and were unaware that she had any. Authorities in Calvert and Montgomery County — and in Prince George’s County, where she lived for a time — said they could find no record of the children being enrolled in public schools.
Neighbor John Baroniak, 59, said Bowman told him that she had moved to Lusby to escape an abusive husband. He said she rented the house and seemed happy. He said it seemed to him that a man was staying with her recently.
“When I talked to her and everything, I thought at least I got a nice neighbor,” Baroniak said. “I’m just kind of shocked and blown away.”
Bowman was being held yesterday on charges of child abuse in connection with injuries to the 7-year-old. The girl escaped from her locked bedroom Thursday by jumping out a window, police said.
Bowman admitted beating the girl with a “hard-heeled shoe,” the sheriff’s office said. The girl told police her mother beat her with a white shoe to the point that it was covered in blood, officials said.
The child had “extensive open infected sores and open lesions,” several injuries to her feet and knees, and ligature marks and extensive scarring on her neck, according to charging documents filed in court
Investigators said they believe the other girls died in Rockville. Any criminal charges related to their deaths would probably be filed in Montgomery, not Calvert, they said.
Montgomery police yesterday searched the small house where Bowman lived in Rockville, in the 13100 block of Vandalia Drive.
Neighbors said she lived with a man named Joe who often lifted barbells in the back yard, near a child’s red plastic toy car. They did not recall seeing children.
“During the day, it was like no one was there,” said Rivelino Valdiva, 29.
Neighbors said they think that Joe worked as a pressure washer and did odd maintenance jobs and that Bowman worked as a secretary. A few months before moving out, Bowman complained of back pain and said she had cancer, according to neighbor Shirley Knapp.
After Bowman moved to Calvert, the landlord complained to Howard Knapp, Shirley’s husband, about the mess that had been left behind. “They were pigs,” he recalled the landlord saying. “They trashed the house, and there was at least one dead cat in there.”
The Maryland Department of Human Resources will file a petition in court today to gain custody of the 7-year-old.
Truancy increasing juvenile crime in metro areas http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say that recent crime numbers indicate that the major factor behind the problem is truancy.
Other metro areas including Atlanta Georgia and Birmingham Alabama have also seen a spike in daytime burglaries, car thefts, shoplifting, and robberies that they have attributed to juveniles and they have also initiated a zero tolerance truancy policy.
Recently in DeKalb County Georgia, a neighboring Atlanta community, police rounded up 16 parents and charged them with contributing to their children’s truancy.
Now Nashville officers will start calling schools making sure that the students that they have identified as truancy problems are in class. If they are not, officers will check their homes or even search the neighborhood.
Police in many metro areas admit they also have seen crime increase during the daytime hours that they believe is related to truant juveniles and they are already putting together plans to combat it.
Police officer charged with heroin possession http://www.privateofficer.com
John Bachta, 37, of Methuen was arrested about 12:25 p.m., near 85 Main St., in Tewksbury and was charged with a single count of possession of heroin.
He was later released on bail for arraignment in Lowell District Court.
“As soon as this department received information of the arrest, Mr. Bachta was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation that is ongoing at this time,” Fleming said.
Bachta began his career with the sheriff’s department in May 1993 as a corrections officer, Fleming said.
He was promoted to sergeant in September 1999, and began working in the department’s security and investigations unit in July 2001, Fleming said.
“He has had no disciplinary record during his tenure here,” Fleming said.
Bachta is the son of retired Lawrence police Deputy Chief Stanley Bachta.
Police capture shoplifting ring http://www.privateofficer.com
Crowley Police have arrested four people in a shoplifting ring and are still looking for two other suspects.
Officials believe that “an individual has been placing orders with several shoplifters and sending them to our business community to steal specific merchandise.
Crowley Police said that so far in their investigation they have arrested 3 individuals for shoplifting charges tied into this case.
Lisa Cormier Thibodeaux, 47, Crowley: She has been charged with 2 counts of theft by shoplifting.
Don Carrier, 61, Crowley. He has been charged with 5 counts of theft by shoplifting.
Paul Guidry, 45, Rayne. He has been charged with 9 counts of theft by shoplifting.
Police said that they are continuing their investigation and expect further arrests in this case.
A local newspaper also reported that Wilturner is the operator of Papa Johns & B’s Liquor Store located in the city.
Teenager pleads guilty to killing security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Charley faces up to life in prison when sentenced in December. Webb had spent a quarter-century as a prison guard in Jamaica before coming to the United States in 2005.
Fomer corrections officer pleads guilty to sexual assaults http://www.privateofficer.com
Adam Cleis, 32, of Mentor, will be sentenced in Lake County Common Pleas Court Oct. 30.
On Monday, he pleaded to two counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual imposition for crimes against four inmates, said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Karen Kowall.
Cleis was indicted in July.
The offenses are said to have occurred in an area of the jail that is not scanned by security cameras. Cleis, who worked at the jail since 2005, was fired after the allegations were made public.
Security officer captures robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
Officers searching the area soon found Troy Pulley a few blocks away.
Mother and son charged in shoplifting incident http://www.privateofficer.com
A Henryville man was chased, Tasered and arrested after he ran from police who tried to take him into custody for shoplifting from the Target store in Stroud Township — and using his 5-year-old daughter as a prop in the theft, according to police.
Elliot S. Sanders, 25, and his mother, Garrie L. York, 59, also of Henryville, were seen on video surveillance using Sanders’ daughter to conceal their movements as the pair took DVDs and video games valued at $344.91 from the store on Sept. 27.
When Stroud Area Regional Police officers arrived, they saw Sanders push a store security employee and take off running.
Sanders was charged with corruption of minors, retail theft, harassment and resisting arrest.
Virginia police officer charged with rape http://www.privateofficer.com
Investigators did not provide further details on the arrest other than to confirm it.Police spokeswoman Ann Hope said Ewing has been with the department for four years. She said he has been “relieved of his duties.”
There was also no word on whether or not Ewing posted bail yet.
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3 Police officers commit suicide in seperate incidents http://www.privateofficer.com
No one knows why but often times police officers faced with stress, frustration, grief or a situation where there seems to be no other way out, choose to keep it bottled up inside until the pain is unbearable and they end their own life.
Dr. Larry Combs, a PHD who studies police suicides said that there is no one defining thing that can point to whether or not a person, much less a police officer who sees and faces so much more than any average person, has suicidal tendencies. There are a number of signs and words that can alert us when an individual chooses to verbalize or show other outward signs of thoughts of harming themselves but often police officers keep their thoughts private and don’t discuss them with spouses or even co-workers.
We have to be tuned in to physical actions and body language especially after tragic events such as when a person dies and the officer feels he should have rescued or could have prevented the victims death. Or in situations when a partner or co-worker is killed and the officer feels that he let them down or didn’t do what was necessary to save that person or he becomes distraught over inadequacies on the job, in his marriage or in his own life.
Things that we may see as just a sad situation or tragedy, the officer may make personal and blame themselves for not being a super cop and when combined with other areas in their life that they aren’t feeling good about, could very well set them up for suicidal thoughts or even drastic actions.
In south Florida police found Officer Henry Ortiz with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Although few details have been released, it was said that Ortiz had been distraught over a recent break up with a girl friend.
At almost the precise time and on the same day officers in Detroit found one of their officers dead. Sergeant David Cobb had also committed suicide.
Police had been investigating the police sergeant and charged him in the “murder for hire” of his wife but prosecutors dropped charges when they decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to take the case to trial. Cobb was back on the job when he was found Saturday by other officers.
Kansas City Kansas Police Chief Sam Breshears said that his officers responded to a wreck involving two off-duty city officers early Saturday morning. Although he did not release details of the accident, he did say that one of his officers, Mark A. Jaramillo was killed in the wreck.
Hours later word came that the surviving officer, Kyle L. Kovac was distraught over the death of Jaramillo and police were dispatched to his apartment where they found that Kovac had already commited suicide.
While suicide among law enforcement continues to be on the rise, many departments still do not have any internal program or resources to assist officers before they reach that point. Some departments in many ways choose to not even acknowledge this increasing tragedy while other departments immediately respond to situations where officers are under additional stress, have been involved in high stress or tragic incidents involving victim or family deaths, natural disasters or other major situations that may be mentally draining or disturbing for the involved officers. Some departments also are spending more time and money or debriefing and crises intervention by mental health professionals during these times.
Police officer suicides are not regional or just occurring in any one particular part of the country but are happening nationwide.
When Matthew Morelli, a 38-year-old police officer in Norwalk Connecticut was found slumped in a secluded parking lot with an AK-47 rifle on March 21, state and local authorities spent two days looking for a suspect, with helicopters and police dogs scouring the neighborhood, where witnesses reported hearing multiple shots. The culprit turned out to be a stealthy if surprisingly familiar cop killer: suicide.
“We’re all numb,” said William Curwen, the president of Norwalk’s police union, speaking for many at Officer Morelli’s wake almost a week later.
Within one recent week, a 35-year-old New York State trooper fatally shot himself with his service pistol after learning that he might be disciplined for minor misconduct, and a New York City police officer was found dead in her home in Upper Manhattan, propped up in bed with the Glock pistol that delivered the fatal shot in one hand, a beer can in the other. And the Los Angeles Police Department, which has counted one or two suicides annually in recent years, presented a report last month calling for online prevention programs for all employees, additional training for supervisors, and psychologists at roll calls to discuss the topic with officers.
While line-of-duty deaths grab the public’s attention, experts say that law enforcement officers more often — perhaps two or three times more often — die by their own hands. Comparing suicide rates within law enforcement with those in the general population is difficult because statistics are kept by different agencies and it is hard to account for demographics. Also, the general population does not undergo the extensive psychological and physical screening most officers undergo when they are hired, making comparisons questionable. But many who have studied the phenomenon agree that the stress of the job and easy access to weapons can contribute to a higher risk for suicide.
“We’re losing a police officer every 19 or 20 hours of self-inflicted wounds,” said Robert E. Douglas Jr., a former Baltimore police officer and chaplain who runs the National Police Suicide Foundation in Maryland. “It is a big wow.
Mr. Douglas estimates that 400 to 450 officers kill themselves each year, compared with 150 to 200 who die in the line of duty.
Dr. Combs believes that this trend will continue and may even increase as the economy continues to be spiraling downward, departments are stretched with funding causing financial, and other job related stress on officers and crime is once again on the rise.
What departments need to do to save their officers lives is to implement a program where mental health personnel get involved more often and not just in group debriefing but on a personal basis. Field supervisors and co-workers need to be willing to encourage the officer to seek immediate help when faced with possible high stress or situations that could cause an officer to question is value, his abilities as a police officer including whether or not he could have saved a person involved in a fire or traffic accident or other situation the officer had been involved in.
If the officer won’t acknowledge that he needs help or refuses to seek a counselor, supervisors and co-workers need to tell their chain of command and make them aware of possible situations that may lead to an officer’s suicide.
Mental health officials and law enforcement supervisors agree that there is no wall or blue line or secrets when it comes to an officer being in trouble or the possibility of the officer taking their own life. It’s no different that if the officer was in any other life threatening situation. You would call reinforcements and send back up and everybody would respond to their call for help. It needs to be the same way for an officer who mentally needs stabilization and is calling for assistance. Everybody needs to run toward them.
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Associate pastor charged with sex crimes http://www.privateofficer.com
Police investigators were notified of incidents involving the pastor and asfter conducting an investigation of the offenses, police took Lawrence Webber, 60, into custody and he is charged with three counts of first-degree rape and five counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Leaders at Reeder Memorial Church said Webber was a member, but held no official title and did not work with children.
“We work with people who have difficulties,” Pastor Don Steger said. “We cannot force people. That’s not a requirement for being a member of the church. But we certainly make it available and it was certainly made available to Mr. Webber.”
Police said that Webber is a registered sex offender in North Carolina.
Neither church leaders nor police would say if the victims were members of the church.
Police say that their investigation is continuing and that they are checking into whether or not there are any other victims.
Sex offender dies in strugle with homeowner http://www.privateofficer.com
A jobless sex offender has died after a struggle with a northside Indianapolis resident who found him in his teenage daughter’s room wearing nothing but a mask and latex gloves, police say.
About 3:20 a.m. this morning, Indianapolis metropolitan police were dispatched to a residence at the 3000 block of West 79th Street to check a reported home invasion.
Meyers, who police confirmed with family had a history of heart problems, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Orland Park shoplifting report http://www.privateofficer.com
Police in this suburban community say that shoplifting is up and so is arrests for theft.
This is their shoplifting arrest report for the past week.
RETAIL THEFT Natasha Laye, 20, 589 Muskegon Ave., Calumet City, was charged with retail theft after she took $120 in clothing and jewelry Sept. 12 from H and M in Orland Square mall, police said.
RETAIL THEFT Erica Sowka, 17, 24418 Volbrecht Road, Crete, and Sarah Stine, 20, 606 First St., Crete, were charged with retail theft Sept. 14 after they stole merchandise from J.C. Penney’s in the Orland Square mall, police said
RETAIL THEFT Oscar Hernandez-Perez, 21, 15220 El Cameno Real, Orland Park, was charged with retail theft after he stole $59 in tools Sept. 16 from Sears in Orland Square mall, police said.
RETAIL THEFT Megan Imrie, 18, 8827 Magnolia Court, Orland Park, was charged with retail theft after she stole $136 in makeup Sept. 21 from Target, 15850 94th Avenue, police said.
RETAIL THEFT Sean Castor, 20, 16133 Oak Ave., Oak Forest, and Cody Fortney, 17, 13613 W. 153rd St., Midlothian, were each charged with retail theft after they stole shoes Sept. 22 from J.C. Penney’s in the Orland Square mall, police said
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Police arrest disoderly man at resort http://www.privateofficer.com
According to troopers, Robert D. Edward, 36, refused to leave the resort when he was asked to by security officers at about 1 a.m. Saturday and then started fighting with the security guards. Troopers responding to the incident said that he appeared highly intoxicated and refused to cooperate and when he leaped into the lake, precipitating a rescue by resort staff.
He was arrested for being drunk on a licensed premise and disorderly conduct, and was lodged at Mat-Su Pretrial with bail set at $1,000.
Police rescue man from submerged car http://www.privateofficer.com
The fast-moving rescue unfolded about 7:42 a.m. this morning near the entrance of Holiday Park at 474 Holiday Park Blvd.
Robbery suspect hits Wal-Mart for second time http://www.privateofficer.com
A Mesa man free on bail and pending trial in connection with a previous Wal-Mart robbery was arrested Thursday on suspicion of robbing another store.
According to court documents, Marcos R. Jaramillo went into the store at 1955 S. Stapley Road in Mesa on Sept. 5, placed electronic items and liquor into a Wal-Mart bag and walked past the cash registers.
He knocked down a store security agent and stood over him in a threatening manner before leaving in a car, the documents state.
Jaramillo told a detective he used a “football swimming” technique to get past the security and knocked him down, but not intentionally.
Jaramillo was free on $8,100 bail for a July incident in which he was charged with aggravated assault, theft and robbery. He was released Aug. 22.
In that case, he pulled a knife and threatened employees of another Wal-Mart store as he tried to flee, according to court documents.
Some people got minor cuts when they tackled him.
Sheriff’s department employee charged with theft http://www.privateofficer.com
A former employee with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office is charged with 2 counts of theft.
McCain has been released on a fifteen thousand dollar bond.
Shoplifting crew leads police on high speed chase http://www.privateofficer.com
Two men and a juvenile were arrested Thursday after attempting to steal televisions from Wal-Mart.At about 12:57 p.m., Pittsburg Police Officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart, 2710 N. Broadway, in reference to three males shoplifting two carts full of flat-screen televisions. Store employees called 911 and confronted the suspects in the front of the store. As the first responding officer arrived on the scene, two of the suspects ran northbound.
Security officer shoots knife wielding shoplifter http://www.privateofficer.com
The security officer who was working for Vallarta Supermarket was not injured.
Police say that they responded to the incident which happened at 2 p.m. inside the store at 21208 Sherman Way.
The security officer had escorted the man to an office for questioning. According to the security officer, at this point the man pulled out a knife, and the security guard fired at him, Smith said.
At this time, police are not releasing the identity of the security officer or the injured man but said that the security officer was taken to LAPD’s West Valley Division for questioning.
The injured man was transported to a local hospital and required surgery but is expected to fully recover, said Karen Smith, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman.
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Maryland State PoliceMaryland End of Watch: Sunday, September 28, 2008
Incident Details Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, September 28, 2008
Trooper Mickey Lippy and Pilot Stephen Bunker were killed in a helicopter crash while performing a Medevac of two critically injured teenagers from Charles County.During the flight the EuroCopter Dauphin helicopter encountered severe weather and Pilot Bunker radioed to have two ambulances meet them at Andrews Air Force Base to complete the transport. At approximately 12:30 am air traffic controllers lost contact with the helicopter.
A ground search was initiated and approximately two hours later the wreckage was found in Walker Mill Regional Park. Both troopers, a Charles County EMT, and one of the two patients were killed in the crash.
Agency Contact InformationMaryland State Police1201 Reisterstown RoadPikesville, MD 21208 Phone: (410) 376-3187
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Man charged after bomb threat at Denver Airport http://www.privateofficer.com
Wyoming Airport Police May Loose Certification http://www.privateofficer.com
The Jackson Hole Airport has hit another dead-end in its efforts to find an agency willing to certify its law enforcement officers according to this news article.
Currently the officers are certified through the Teton County Sheriff’s department, however last week week sheriff Bob Zimmer reportedly told the Jackson Hole Airport Board that his department won’t continue to certify the three airport officers past Dec. 1.
Looking for another department to certify their officers, the airport looked at an area national park but officials at the Grand Teton National Park on Thursday also declined to provide law-enforcement support for the airport. A Park Service official says that providing airport security isn’t the agency’s responsibility.
If the airport can not find a law enforcement agency to keep their officers certified, the officers would loose their arrest authority and be left back where they started, a security department.
Shoplifter bites security agent during arrest http://www.privateofficer.com
A security officer was assaulted and bitten on the hand as he tried to stop an alleged shoplifter, police said.
The loss prevention officer had observed a man taking numerous items and then leaving the store according to the police report.
Herbert Richard Skinner, 52, of 3630 Quantico Terrace in Triangle, was charged with grand larceny and assault and battery when he walked out of a store Tuesday in the 8200 block of Sudley Road in the Manassas area with $225 of unpaid merchandise, said Erika Hernandez, Prince William police spokeswoman.
When the security officer tried to stop the man, police say Skinner bit him. The 24-year-old security person suffered minor injuries.
Skinner was held on $5000 bond and has a court date set for Oct. 18.
84 Year old man charged with trying to smuggle drugs into prison http://www.privateofficer.com
William J. Gladstone, 84, of Astoria, was trying to gain access to the visiting room at the maximum security prison when officers found him in possession of marijuana and cash, police said. An investigation by the Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office and State Police found that Gladstone planned to pass the drugs to inmates.
The report did not say exactly who the inmates were or if he had relatives in the prison nor did it include details of how he was smuggling the drugs into the prison.
Gladstone was charged with a felony for promoting prison contraband.
Police sting nabs shoplifters http://www.privateofficer.com
Arrested Friday were Amber S. Jones, 23, Dinnika Baham, 21, Miquel T. Baham, 20, and Lakisha M. Robertson, 18, along with two minors, ages 17 and 16.
All are from the New Orleans area and are accused on multiple counts. The adults also are accused of aiding and abetting shoplifting by minors, contributing to the neglect and delinquency of minors and obstructing justice.
Police said they identified the alleged shoplifters taking items only to flee later, leaving the shopping outlet off U.S. 49 in a 2001 Nissan Maxima. While attempting to escape, police said, Jones jumped in the car, leaving the 16-year-old behind when she tried to jump in as well.
A traffic stop was conducted minutes later, and Jones was arrested. Some of the stolen items also were found in the Nissan. The store managers later were able to identify the suspects, police said.
The juveniles were released to their parents’ custody. The adults were jailed on bonds of $634 bond for each count of shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Jones faced an additional bond of $894 for the neglect charge.
The undercover work is part of a Gulfport Police Department program called Cop Shop.