A woman suspected of serial shoplifting in the area remains behind bars after leading police on a high speed chase.
The incident occurred Thursday night when 911 received a call about a woman who stole a video security camera from the Kohl’s located at 1140 East Highway 34, according to Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Cory Mauldin spotted the Nissan Pathfinder being driven by Holmes behind Longhorn and pulled behind the car in the Sprayberry’s parking lot. Bugg then parked his patrol car in front of the Pathfinder and attempted to make contact with the two people inside the Nissan.
The driver, identified as Terrence Lamont Holmes, jumped out of the car, began screaming and ran away, according to Bugg, but was later captured by Mauldin.
The passenger, identified as Andrea Marie Hilton, then got into the driver’s seat and began to drive away, according to Bugg. A short chase ensued, but after performing a PIT maneuver on the car just before the entrance ramp to Interstate 85, Bugg was able to take Hilton into custody.
Inside the vehicle, investigators were able to recover the security camera, valued at $200, while the license plates on the Pathfinder were reportedly taken from another vehicle, Bugg said.
Hilton, 53, is a resident of Sandy Springs and matched the description of a serial shoplifting suspect wanted out of Peachtree City, according to Bugg.
She was charged with shoplifting, tampering with evidence, fleeing from police, reckless driving, operating a vehicle without registration, alteration of license plates, driving on a suspended license, and no proof of insurance.
Hilton was denied bond during her first appearance hearing by Judge Robert Stokely.
Holmes, 50, is a resident of College Park and was charged with shoplifting, obstruction of officers, no proof of insurance, driving while unlicensed, alteration of license plates, and operating a vehicle without registration.
He’s being held on an $8,000 bond.