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W.Va. residents charged in shoplifting case

November 23, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Two Hedgesville, W.Va., residents were charged Thursday night in connection with what police described as a shoplifting that ended after Hagerstown store employees were dragged by an escaping car.

Tina Lauren Shelton and Garnett Adam Barrick, both 27, were charged with first-degree assault and obstructing and hindering a police investigation. Shelton also was charged with theft under $500.

Both live at 46 Flying Dove Lane, according to charging documents.

According to charging documents, Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to the K-mart at 1713 Massey Blvd. at 2:48 p.m. Thursday. An assistant manager there told police he and other employees tried to stop a theft.

A man said he had seen a woman place several video discs into a book bag, but when she tried to leave, the store alarm system sounded. The manager tried to grab the bag, but the woman, who police later identified as Shelton, punched him in the face, charging documents state.

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A car then pulled up, and the man driving, later identified as Barrick, allegedly got out of the car and pushed Shelton into the driver's seat, the court papers said. Shelton allegedly accelerated, dragging two employees about 50 feet before they could turn off the ignition.

Police took Barrick and Shelton into custody, but both gave false names, according to charging documents.

Shelton and Barrick were being held Saturday at the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

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