Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shoplifting Case Leads To Other Charges

An apparent attempt by a Cookeville woman to avoid being arrested ultimately led to her arrest on charges of criminal impersonation. Cookeville police officer Josh Ward says he was investigating a shoplifting incident at the Kohl's store on West Jackson Street Monday night in which two women were accused of trying to steal more than a hundred dollars worth of clothing. One of the women -- identified as 48-year-old Saundra Sue Johnson of Gainesboro -- was issued a citation and released from the custody. But Ward says the other woman gave him a false name and claimed not to have any ID or to remember what her social security number was. It was on her way to jail that the woman allegedly told Ward her real name -- Angela Lackey. A computer check revealed that the 33-year-old Lackey of West Broad Street had two outstanding warrants for her arrest in Jackson County. Meanwhile, police say the same incident resulted in yet another charge against a Jackson County man who was on the scene as well. 58-year-old Richard Dale Stafford of Gainesboro was advised by Officer Ward that he could not be driving a vehicle because his license had been suspended for a DUI. A few minutes after Ward left the scene, a Kohl's employee called police to say that Stafford had indeed driven away from the store. Officer Brian Long then stopped him and issued him a citation for driving on a revoked license.