North Augusta shoplifter eludes police

NORTH AUGUSTA -- A shoplifting suspect driving a Jeep Cherokee was pursued by police Monday in the area of Knox Avenue and Old Edgefield Road, a North Augusta Public Safety report shows.

Police were told at 9:49 a.m. that a loss prevention officer was chasing a shoplifter on foot out of Wal-Mart and that the suspect had just climbed into a red Jeep Cherokee, a report states.

An officer en route said he spotted the Jeep traveling at a "high rate of speed" toward the intersection of Knox and Old Edgefield and immediately flipped on his emergency lights and siren.

Police pursued the suspect through a neighborhood, where the suspected shoplifter eventually jumped out of the Jeep on Sadie Street and ran away on foot. An officer chasing the suspect said he recognized him from "past dealings" as Kevin Dearing Rodgers, 25, of the 100 block of Concord Street.

Rodgers escaped but arrest warrants were issued for charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest and failure to stop for blue lights



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