Three Indianapolis women were arrested after police said they tossed stolen items out of a car while they led officers on a chase on U.S. 31 that left drivers scrambling to get out of the way.
A security officer at Edinburgh Premium Outlets alerted police to a report of shoplifting of clothing and jewelry at multiple stores at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, an Edinburgh Police Department report said.
While an officer was driving to the scene, the three women left in a white car, ignoring multiple stop signs and then driving the wrong way on a one-way street. At least three cars had to swerve out of the way and onto the curb to avoid getting hit, the report said.
The officer followed the car onto northbound U.S. 31. The vehicle was driving about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, swerving back and forth through all three lanes, causing traffic to pull to the side to avoid being hit, the report said.
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The passengers in the car threw clothing out the window before the vehicle came to a stop south of County Road 900 N. in Bartholomew County, the report said.
Inside the car were several bags containing clothing with the price tags still attached, the report said. Police went back and picked up the items that had been thrown from the car. In total, police said that the women had stolen 59 pieces of clothes worth more than $800.
The three women from Indianapolis were arrested and booked into the Bartholomew County Jail.
Ciera Beasley, 23, of 3615 N. Arlington Boulevard, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of theft and receiving stolen property. Her bond was set at $5,000. She was released from jail without having to pay bond.
Taylor Holiday, 22, of 6039 Lakeside Manor Avenue, was arrested on two felony charges, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, and criminal recklessness — armed with a deadly weapon; and three misdemeanors, theft, receiving stolen property and driving while suspended with a prior conviction. Holiday’s bond was set at $25,000, which Holiday paid, after which she was released from the jail.
Jochelle Snow, 22, of 3435 Mountain Laurel Place, was arrested on five charges of receiving stolen property, all felonies. Her bond was set at $37,500, and she was still in the jail as of late Monday afternoon.
Jacob Tellers is a staff writer for the Daily Journal, a sister publication of The Republic.