Alleged theft of television from Walmart results in high-speed chase


In an alleged attempt to steal a 65-inch Samsung curved television from the Walmart in Washington C.H. on Thursday, a Hamden, Ohio man reportedly led police on a vehicle chase that exceeded 100 miles per hour before he was apprehended.

Just after midnight Thursday, Washington Police Sgt. Eric Hott observed a vehicle leave the Walmart lot, 1397 Leesburg Ave., from the access road onto US Route 62 without its headlights on, according to reports. As Hott drove behind the vehicle, he saw a large television box hanging out the rear hatch.

Hott attempted to initiate a traffic stop as the vehicle turned onto the access road to US 35 East, reports said. He activated the lights and siren on his cruiser, but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed on US 35 East, eventually exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit reportedly continued until the suspect vehicle’s left front tire blew out near the 19-mile marker east of State Route 753. Police found three individuals inside of the vehicle, including James M. Harris, 37, who had been driving.

Police dispatch contacted Walmart concerning the theft and store employees confirmed that a large television had just been stolen, according to reports.

Harris was charged with theft, failure to obey police, a lighted lights violation, having no operator’s license, and failure to comply. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

The television was photographed for evidence and then returned to Walmart.


By Ryan Carter

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