Suspected shoplifters hit with additional charges
The three women accused of knocking down a Mount Pleasant police officer with their car and leading authorities on a cross-city chase are facing new charges.
Lachavia Brownlee, 22, Shaneah Walker, 23, and Kelvinisha Green, 20, are accused of a shoplifting spree that began at the Citadel Mall, according to police.
Nearly two weeks ago Charleston Police authorities told a reporter with the Post and Courier that investigators were looking into whether or not a reported shoplifting at the Citadel Mall was also linked to Brownlee, Walker and Green.
The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the mall’s Victoria’s Secret, in which 20 bras were stolen. Three females matching a similar description to the trio were spotted in the store.
Charleston Police have now charged Brownlee, Walker, and Green with shoplifting in connection to that incident, according to spokesman Charles Francis.
After shoplifting from the Citadel mall, Brownlee, Walker, and Green drove to Northwoods Mall at around 1 p.m., police said. As one of the suspects distracted the assistant manager, the other two loaded up bags with panties at a Victoria’s Secret there, according to an incident report.
Brownlee, Walker, and Green ended their spree in Mount Pleasant around 2:15 p.m. The trio shoplifted items from the Town Centre and, during a struggle to get away in a car, injured a police officer, according to investigators. They led police on a chase to North Charleston where Brownlee, the accused driver, crashed into a detached garage near a home. The three were arrested and charged with several counts of shoplifting and assault and battery.
The three women remain in custody at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston County.
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