Shoplifting suspect tries to flee, is arrested

by Wes Mayer

A man was arrested for shoplifting Wednesday in Newnan, although he dropped most of the suspected stolen merchandise while attempting to flee police.

Around 3:30 p.m., Newnan Police officers responded to the Food Outlet on Temple Avenue, and arrived to find the suspect being chased down the road by an employee and another suspect. According to Officer Mike Condit, the suspect, Joshua Lee Ward, attempted to hide in a wooded area not far from the store, but was found by officers. Ward initially resisted officers' commands, yelling he was just hungry and needed to get some food, Condit reported, but Ward was eventually handcuffed and transported back to the store.

According to Condit's police report, the store's manager told officers Ward was seen entering the store with his girlfriend. While Ward's girlfriend went to purchase some items and cash a check, Ward was stuffing his pants and a gray purse full of food items, the officer said. When confronted, Ward took off running, dropping most of the items.

The stolen items, valued at $34.82, were recovered and returned to the store, and Ward was charged with theft by shoplifting and resisting/ interfering with officers.

According to Condit, Ward admitted to the incident, saying his girlfriend was not involved, and she was released.

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