Shoplifting suspects hit deputy's car during chase

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two shoplifting suspects led deputies on a chase through Shelby County on Monday.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said two shoplifters drove away from the Walmart near the intersection of Raleigh-Lagrange Road and Whitten Road.

During the chase, the suspects hit a deputy's cruiser.

The shoplifting suspects are in custody and nobody was injured during the chase.

"We're supposed to be able to enjoy this time of year," said shopper Kalisha Scott. "It's kind of hard of a little disconcerting that people are not earning what they keep."

Shoppers said they take special precautions to make sure their Christmas gifts are safe.

"What I like to do, especially during the holiday season, I don't take my purse," Scott said. "I leave it at home. I take my cards. I keep them close and I make sure I don't leave any valuables in the car or carry around a lot of bags."

Other shoppers said once their gifts get to their car, they make sure to keep them out of plain sight and they lock their vehicles.

Law enforcement said they will be out in force during the busy holiday shopping season and they have a message for any potential criminals.

"We're out there, the alert team is and everybody else in the shopping centers and malls," said SCSO PIO Earle Farrell.

"I think it's really important that they caught them," Scott said. "It makes me feel a little more secure."

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