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Theft from Macy’s leads to police pursuit, crash

A woman suspected of theft from Macy’s crashed her car into another vehicle while being pursued by the Bloomington Police, Friday, October 18, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind.

Police were called to the Macy’s Department Store on Bloomington’s east side around 4:37 p.m. Friday when loss prevention reported a theft, according to Bloomington Police Sgt. Brandon Siniard.  As police arrived they were directed toward a gold Toyota Camry headed toward the exit of the parking lot. Police pursued the vehicle to make a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield. The suspect driving the car headed onto Buick Cadillac Blvd., swerved around other vehicles, and eventually headed north, the wrong way, on College Mall Road toward oncoming traffic. The vehicle was unable to cross back over due to a median, and continued in the wrong direction until colliding with a Toyota Highlander.

A search of the vehicle found four large Macy’s bags filled with miscellaneous clothing. The suspect driving the car, Gail I. Thomas, 27-years-old, was charged with a level 6 felony for theft, level 6 felony resisting law enforcement, and a class b misdemeanor for criminal recklessness. The passenger in the car, Melvin Scott Thomas, 28-years-old, was charged with a level 6 felony for theft.

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