Accused Wal-Mart shoplifter leads Macon police on chase up Interstate 75

lfabian@macon.comDecember 27, 2012 

A Macon woman was arrested with four stolen televisions after leading authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate 75 early Thursday morning.

Tabitha Michelle Whitehead, 28, of Easy Street, faces numerous charges after she was arrested by Monroe County deputies near mile marker post 205 near Butts County, according to a news release from Macon police.

About 2:40 a.m., Macon police got a call from Wal-Mart on Gray Highway about a woman stealing four televisions and fleeing in a beige Cadillac SUV with a personalized tag that read “TOOKEY,” according to the police report.

An officer tried to stop the car near the store, but the driver kept going, according to the release.

Monroe County deputies used stop strips and a pit maneuver and were able to stop the Cadillac after it blew a front tire near exit 205.

Whitehead, who was the only person in the car, was examined by medical personnel at the scene and later taken to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

She was booked on charges of felony theft by shoplifting, eluding police, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.

Whitehead is currently being held on a $4,970 bond, according to the release.

According to the Bibb County jail records, this is Whitehead’s 15th arrest since 2001.

The incident report states store workers saw two women leave with a cart loaded with televisions, but only mentions Whitehead leaving in the Cadillac.

A shopping cart containing several video games was left behind, the report stated.

Investigators plan to view surveillance images from the incident to try to identify the second woman and learn more about what happened.

The stolen televisions, valued at more than $1,900, were returned to the store.

Anyone with information in the theft is urged to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68CRIME.

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