Valdosta Daily Times

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December 28, 2013

Police dog tracks shoplifting suspect

Store worker injured; arrest made

VALDOSTA — A suspect in a shoplifting case injured a store employee Thursday before being tracked by a K9 unit and arrested, according to police reports Friday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., employees at the Walmart on Inner Perimeter Road began following an individual who put on a pair of black tactical boots with the apparent intention of leaving the store without paying for them, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

The employees attempted to apprehend the suspect before he left the store, but he pushed one of the employees to the ground, causing some bruising, and fled, said Lt. Aaron Kirk with the Valdosta Police Department.

Officers with a police K9 unit tracked the suspect into the wooded area behind Publix and found him hiding in thick brush.

Ceddrick Brooks, 28, surrendered to police and was arrested, according to reports.

He is charged with shoplifting, simple assault and battery, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

Brooks also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear and was taken to the Lowndes County Jail, according to reports.

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