Jefferson City authorities say they have charged five suspects in connection with a major shoplifting incident at the Walmart store in that city early Thursday morning.
Shortly before 3 a.m., Sgt. Jimmy Cardwell responded to a shoplifting complaint at the store on East Broadway Boulevard.
As he arrived, Cardwell observed the suspect vehicle flee from the parking lot. When the driver ignored Cardwell’s command to stop, a pursuit ensued.
The suspect vehicle came to an abrupt stop on Beeler Avenue and the three occupants fled on foot.
At that time, K-9 Cpl. Tyler Hager and PO Dylan Bowen apprehended one of the passengers, and while doing so they observed another suspicious vehicle near the stop location.
They quickly determined that vehicle was also involved in the original theft and immediately took all three occupants into custody.
JCPD Cpl. Doug Cochran responded with a drone, and deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the attempt to locate the remaining two suspects.
Eventually, the officers recovered nearly $6,000 in stolen merchandise. Later in the morning, Lt. Joe West apprehended another suspect on Russell Avenue. The sixth suspect has been identified, but at last report remained at large.
Those arrested and charged in connection with the incident are:
Benton Harbor, Michigan residents, Tipton L. Walker, 19, charged with theft over $2,500, possession of marijuana and possession of burglary tools; Larry E. Barnes, 21, charged with theft over $2,500, possession of marijuana and possession of burglary tools; Demarcus S. Walker, 29, charged with resisting arrest and theft over $2,500; and Shamar C. McClure, 23, charged with evading arrest and theft over $2,500.
The fifth suspect, Adarius D. Ferguson, 28, Knoxville, is charged with theft over $2,500, possession of marijuana and possession of burglary tools.