Monday, April 18, 2016

Sallisaw Police Seek Shoplifting Suspect

Sallisaw police are seeking an arrest warrant for an Arkansas man after he led officers on a pursuit Saturday.

Arrested as a result of the investigation was an Alma, Ark., woman who was a passenger in the male suspect’s pickup truck. Amanda Leann Wiggins, 24, (above) was booked into jail on a grand larceny charge. 

Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin said officers found a large amount of stolen goods in the pickup truck.

Franklin reported Sallisaw police were called to the Walmart store on Ruth Street Saturday afternoon in reference to a shoplifter. Store officials said the suspect was driving a maroon Ford pickup truck with an Arkansas tag.

Police spotted the truck driving south on Cedar Street and attempted to stop the truck, but the male driver accelerated and continued south on Cedar. At the south end of Cedar the suspect drove through a locked gate and across a pasture before coming to a stop. He then jumped form the truck and fled on foot. Wiggins, a passenger in the pickup truck, was taken into custody.

Franklin said Sallisaw police have also received inquiries from other police agencies who are also looking for the suspect.

Franklin said, “We are requesting an arrest warrant and charges are pending against the driver.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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