Two Polk County women are facing a variety of charges after they were arrested Thursday night for stealing clothes from the Lakeland Square Mall.
Quantavia Ponder and Teisha Wimbush were booked into the Polk County Jail and released Friday after they each posted a bond of $4,250.
Both suspects were charged with 10 counts of grand theft, one count of battery on a law enforcement officer and one count of resisting arrest.
The incident occurred just after 8 PM Thursday.
According to a Lakeland Police Department report mall security contacted authorities after following Ponder, 22, and Wimbush, 21, into the parking lot.
Inside their vehicle detectives discovered hundreds of clothing items allegedly stolen from a variety of retail stores throughout Central Florida.
Investigators say the women took items from several businesses within the Lakeland City limits. Among the stores they hit – Dillards, Old Navy, The Children's Place and Aeropostal.
In all a total of $3,246 worth of merchandise was confiscated from the suspect vehicle. All of the clothing items still had the retail tags on them.
When officers attempted to prevent Ponder and Wimbush from driving away they engaged in a physical confrontation with the pair.
At least two LPD officers were struck by the suspects according to the arrest report. Fortunately they were not injured.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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