Montgomery women allegedly steal $1,500 worth of electronics

Published 2:46 pm Friday, December 13, 2013

Two Montgomery women were arrested Thursday after they stole about $1,500 worth of merchandise from Clanton Walmart, police allege.

Donna Denise Fortson, 25, and Shanice Syrelia Johnson, 25, were both charged with two counts of second-degree theft of property (a felony) and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief (misdemeanor), according to a Clanton Police press release.

“Yet again, a group from out of town comes to Clanton to prey on a smaller town, and they get caught,” CPD Chief Brian Stilwell said. “Eventually, the word will get out, and maybe they will quit coming here.”

The women allegedly stole about $1,500 worth of electronics about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Walmart’s loss prevention provided a vehicle description, and CPD Sgt. Glenn Baker, while on his way to work, saw the vehicle headed south on Interstate 65 near Exit 205 and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The subjects began throwing items out of the windows of the vehicle before they stopped near the 202-mile marker.

Detectives were able to recover all of the items thrown from the vehicle.

Following the arrest, CPD Sgt. Robert Bland’s investigation determined the subjects were responsible for a previous offense on Dec. 4 at Clanton Walmart, when about $1,000 worth of electronics was stolen.

The suspects were placed in Chilton County Jail. No bond had been set as of Friday afternoon.

Detectives will send information about the incident out to other agencies, which Stilwell said could help close other cases in other locations.