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Shoppers react to shoplifter arrests

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We have new details tonight in a story we first told you about. Unsuspecting shoppers in northwest Albany may have noticed a large police presence as officers searched the area for two men, who early on, were believed to be carrying guns. Police arrested the pair for shoplifting at Wal-Mart, but not before they chased the men down to the Wendy's parking lot in Albany

Sheriff's deputies and police officers caught one young man around 3:00 Saturday afternoon at the back of the Wendy's parking lot on the corner of Dawson Road and Stuart Avenue.

Our WALB camera was rolling when police arrested one of two suspects for stealing from Wal-Mart on Ledo Road. Earlier Saturday, word was the guys had a gun, but police later said they were not armed.

Monteen Wilson,secretary of the East Albany subdivision watch group shopped at Payless next door to where police arrested the shoplifter.

"If everybody got together and watched out for each neighbor then I think we will cut down on all this," Wilson said.

As security guards patrolled businesses nearby and employees are a little shook up after the arrest, one family says there's a reason for that.

"It's definitely concerning seeing all this going on especially with all the foot traffic and everyone coming out this weekend for the big shopping holiday," said Derek Coats.

The Coats family along with Wilson are at least glad two thieves are off the street. Lee County Sheriff's Deputies arrested both suspects and charged them with shoplifting.

Business clerks close to the Wendy's where police caught the first suspect say they've had problems with the same two people shoplifting from their store before.

If you want to report a crime as an anonymous person call Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS. The Lee County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the case.

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