PALM COAST, Florida – Two Florida women were arrested after allegedly going on shoplifting spree at stores along I-95 between Palm Coast and West Palm Beach, Florida.
“This is a prime example of ‘felony lane’ thieves traveling the interstate stealing merchandise up and down the east coast but this time they came to the wrong county,” Sheriff Rick Staly said.
“Crime stops in Flagler County! Another great job by our deputies. I am thankful that no one was injured and that we were able to recover the stolen merchandise and put this crime spree to an end. Now they can spend the holidays at the Green Roof Inn.”
While on patrol Friday night, a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy located a vehicle parked in a handicap space in a Walmart parking lot in Palm Coast, Florida.
Further investigation revealed that the car had a stolen tag attached to it.
Deputies then established a perimeter in the area, and as the vehicle left the parking lot, a traffic stop was attempted.
Deputies say that the driver, 24-year-old Shekeria Wilkins, and her passenger, 26-year-old Amber Phillips, then fled from law enforcement towards I-95 South.
Stop sticks were successfully deployed that deflated both of the vehicle’s driver-side tires.
Wilkins attempted to continue driving the vehicle southbound on I-95 but eventually came to a stop near mile marker 286.
Wilkins and Phillips were immediately taken into custody by deputies.
A search of the vehicle revealed approximately $6,000 worth of stolen electronics. Of the merchandise, $994.03 of the stolen merchandise was determined to have been stolen from the Walmart in Palm Coast.
When questions by deputies, Wilkins and Phillips stated that they were from West Palm Beach and had been ‘shopping’ at various stores all day.
Wilkins stated that she obtained the tag on her vehicle from a friend but refused to identify them to law enforcement.
Wilkins and Phillips were both arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
Wilkins is charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Grand Theft and Petit Theft and is being held on a $1,000.00 bond.
Amber Phillips is charged with Grand Theft and being held on a $500.00 bond.
Additional charges may be pending as the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office works with other law enforcement agencies.