Holiday shoplifter caught after chase

A couple may spend the new year in jail after attempting to shoplift from a local store during the holiday.

A 36-year-old male and his 21-year-old girlfriend and accomplice stole a shopping basket full of toys at the Covington Walgreens just before 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, according to a city press release.

Just after 3 p.m., deputies received a report of another shoplift from the Covington Famous Footwear. The vehicle and male suspect description was the same in both incidents, the press release stated. Soon after, one of Covington Police Department’s deputies spotted the vehicle driving westbound on South East 272nd and attempted to stop it. The vehicle would not stop but eventually slowed enough as it approached the Covington Library for the passenger (the male suspect) to leap from the car and sprint through the library parking lot.

The deputy gave chase and, after an unsuccessful Taser deployment, caught up to the suspect and took him into custody in the woods behind the library, the press release stated.

The male suspect was found to be a multi-time convicted felon with an active felony warrant for his arrest at the time of the incident. Both suspects are admitted drug users and the male was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia. The stolen property was recovered and returned to each store and both suspects were booked into jail.