Winter Haven Police arrested two women and are seeking a third following an attempted shoplifting incident at the K-Mart location on Cypress Gardens Blvd. Friday night.
Precious Elissa-McGhee and Kateta Harris James of Avon Park are facing a variety of charges including retail theft.
A third suspect – known only as ‘Pooh' – managed to flee law enforcement officers dispatched to the scene.
Investigators confiscated nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise from McGhee, 29, and James, 35.
According to a Winter Haven Police Department report officers were dispatched to the K-Mart just before 7 p.m. after store employees witnessed the suspects stuffing items into several shopping bags.
When the trio went to leave the store without paying police officers were waiting for them.
McGhee was immediately taken into custody but James attempted to flee. She didn't get very far and was apprehended by a K-9 Unit. She suffered a leg injury during the arrest and was transported to Winter Haven Hospital where she was treated and released into police custody.
McGhee and James were already on probation for a previous retail theft conviction. Both are facing one count of retail theft for merchandise valued at over $300, one count of resisting an officer and a probation violation.
The third suspect – ‘Pooh' – ran across Cypress Gardens Blvd. and has not been located. She is described as a black female between the ages of 25 and 30. She stands approximately 5'7'' tall and has a dark complexion.
‘Pooh' was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Witnesses say her hair was up in a bun with a white hair band around it.
If you have any information about this incident or the location of ‘Pooh' please contact the Winter Haven Police Department or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.
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