CENTERVILLE -- Two suspected shoplifters thought their retail theft would be a "shoe-in," but they were tripped up by police.
A 26-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, from the Layton area, were arrested by Centerville police Monday after they led police on a short chase through the city, taking them from one large retail store, where the crime was committed, to another retail store, where police say they tried to evade pursuers and hide the stolen goods.
In this case, the stolen items were three pairs of women's shoes and a single pair of men's shoes.
"Desperate people," Police Lt. Paul Child said of Rex Orson Patterson, who was booked into Davis County Jail on charges of retail theft and avoiding apprehension. Patterson also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Clearfield.
The female suspect, yet to be booked, is to be arrested on charges of retail theft and evading police, Child said.
Police received a call about a theft in progress at Kohl's Department Store, 49 S. Frontage Road, after a store security employee attempted to stop a man and a woman from leaving the store with merchandise, Child said.
The two got into a white Jeep Cherokee, which a responding patrol officer chased to the parking lot of Walmart, 221 Parrish Lane. Police said the male, whom they identified as Patterson, jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the store.
The female suspect continued to drive through the parking lot, pulling into a stall and evading the patrolman who was some distance away when the pursuit began.
Police found the abandoned vehicle in the store parking lot, and with the assistance of other area police agencies set up a containment area around the store to systematically determine who their suspects were.
Patterson was spotted coming out of a fire door and trying to leave the scene by jumping into another Jeep Cherokee driven by a second woman, Child said. "She did not know police were after him until arriving on scene," Child said of the second female driver.
Police stopped the second Jeep Cherokee and arrested Patterson.
The female suspect made her way to the nearby In-N-Out Burger location and had her parents, who were unaware she was wanted by police, pick her up.
"The parents had nothing to do with it. We have identified her, and we are working on her to turn herself in," Child said.
Police recovered the shoes taken from Kohl's department store that had been hidden in the Walmart shoe department, Child said.
Both the man and the woman were unarmed, he said.
Child said it took about 40 minutes for the incident to play out.