Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Deputy Foils Wal-Mart Thieves' Getaway

Three women were arrested on felony charges Tuesday after they stole kids school clothes and other items from a North Naples Wal-Mart and then nearly ran over a deputy as they tried to make their getaway, sheriff’s reports said.

Terese Ann Stevenson, 37, and Idela Stevenson, 34, both of Fort Myers, were charged with grand theft. Laurice Shanika Green, 19, also of Fort Myers, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving without a valid license and resisting arrest.

Arrest reports gave this account:

A deputy on patrol entered the garden center at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 5420 Juliet Blvd., around 3:50 p.m. when he saw Terese Stevenson leaving the store followed by a man who was trying to get her attention. A store employee called to the deputy that Terese Stevenson “just stole some stuff from the store.”

The deputy ran out to the parking lot, where Terese Stevenson was getting into a black Chevrolet Blazer. The deputy ran toward the Blazer at which time the driver, Green, backed up and drove toward the deputy.

The deputy yelled for Green to stop the Blazer, but she accelerated, forcing the deputy to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.

The Blazer left the parking lot onto Immokalee Road, heading east toward Interstate 75. The deputy got into his patrol car and pursued the Blazer, which came to a stop on Tarpon Boulevard.
Deputies recovered nearly 100 items, mostly childrens school uniforms, reported stolen from Wal-Mart. The merchandise was valued at $1,000.

Teresa and Idela Stevenson, also a passenger in the vehicle, also had merchandise concealed under their clothing, reports said.

Stevenson, Idela

Stevenson, Terese

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