CPD arrests shoplifting suspect after pursuit

Columbus police officers arrested a shoplifting suspect after he led officers on a vehicle pursuit on Sunday afternoon. At approximately 5:15 p.m., CPD officers were sent to Walmart, 735 Whitfield Drive, in regards to a shoplifting suspect leaving the store parking lot.

Officers observed the suspect, who was later identified as Malcom L. Gilliland, 36, 3804 Colonial Drive, and stopped Gilliland’s vehicle moments later on 10th Street, however, he sped away after officers attempted to make contact with him, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers pursued Gilliland until he pulled over in the 3800 block of Colonial Drive and fled from his vehicle on foot. He was apprehended by officers a short time later. The stolen property was recovered and returned to Walmart, Harris said.

Gilliland was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Resisting law enforcement in a vehicle

Resisting law enforcement on foot

Driving while suspended with a prior conviction

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible in this case, Harris said.

Gilliland was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond, jail officials said.